Investment Team


We view our investment relationships as collaborative partnerships. In addition to the investment of capital, we are actively involved in our portfolio companies participating in strategic, financing, capitalization and exit planning, as well as team building and recruiting. We leverage our broad network of relationships to provide relevant introductions and business assistance. We bring our knowledge of socially responsible management practices, working together with CEI to introduce workforce development specialists along with environmental, technical assistance and consulting relationships.

Our Board of Directors and Advisory Board provide governance, guidance, experienced insight and an extensive network of resources to the Managers.

Nathaniel V Henshaw | Managing Director |
Nat co-founded CEI Ventures in 1994 to manage socially responsible venture capital funds. He made his first CEI equity investment in 1988 and was responsible for developing CEI’s venture capital program. Nat joined CEI as a Loan and Investment Officer, putting $8 million in capital to work in over 130 projects. Prior to CEI, Nat worked at Intersouth Partners, Kitty Hawk Capital and Chemical Venture Partners. Nat earned his BA from Duke University and his MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

Chandler Jones | Principal |

Chandler joined CEI Ventures in 2012.  Prior to CVI, Chandler worked as a Financial Associate at a specialized financial services firm in Portland, ME.  In addition to his work at CVI, Chandler also assists CEI’s loan department with credit analysis and creative debt/equity financing structures.  Chandler received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from St. Michael’s College and an MBA from the University of Southern Maine with a concentration in finance.

Thao H Duong | Fund Administrator |

Thao has been with CEI since 1994 and joined CEI Ventures as investment administrator at its inception. Prior to CEI, Thao was a job developer and Vietnamese intrepretor for Catholic Charities Maine. Previously, she worked in the Compensation Department of the University of Maine at Orono. Thao earned her BS in accounting from the University of Maine.

Board of Directors

Carlos R. Mello | CVI Board Chair | Chief Risk Officer | Finance Authority of Maine
Elizabeth R. Butler | General Counsel | Butler Law Offices LLC
Betsy Biemann | Chief Executive Officer | Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
John W. Egan | SVP & Loans and Investments | Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
Frank J. Governali | Private Investor
Miriam L. Shark | Independent Consultant | Miriam L. Shark Consulting LLC
David J. Wedick | Chief Financial Officer | Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
Sandra L. Stone | Principal  | Sea Cove Solutions

Corson Ellis | Entrepreneur

Advisory Board

John C Everett IV | Senior Vice President | Camden National Bank
Bruce G Nickerson | Executive Vice President & CFO | Bangor Savings Bank
Carl Kopfinger | Senior Vice President | TD Bank
Arthur F. Casavant | Vice President & CRA Officer | Peoples United Bank