Foundations in Education Welcomes Two New Board Members

September 22, 2021 | Foundations in Education | Media Mentions News

Foundations in Education, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees.  Joining the Board are Thomas McDevitt of Wilton and Geoffrey Raker of Greenwich.  

“The Board is delighted that these two very talented individuals share our dedication to helping more children get access to the benefits of a Catholic education,” remarked Board of Trustees Chair, Tom McInerney. 

Tom McDevitt is the Founder and Managing Partner of Edgewood Capital Advisors. Prior to founding his company, he held senior real estate capital markets positions at Salomon Brothers, Citibank, Meenan McDevitt & Co. and Société Générale. A graduate of Harvard College with an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, McDevitt has served on several nonprofit boards, including A Better Chance of Wilton, Community Nursery School of Wilton, and the Wilton Riding Club. Mr. McDevitt currently serves on the Boards of five Neuberger Berman Crossroads Funds and is also a member of the investment committee for La Salle Academy in Providence, RI. McDevitt and his wife are the parents of three children and reside in Wilton.  

“I am honored to join the Foundations in Education Board,” commented McDevitt. “The mission of fostering strong Catholic education in our Diocese is very important to my wife Lizanne and me.  We look forward to contributing to this mission to allow more students to be able to share in the life changing experience of a Catholic education.” 

Geoffrey Raker is a Partner and Head of Healthcare Investing at Tailwind Capital. Prior to joining Tailwind, his career has included positions with Warburg Pincus in healthcare investing, Morgan Stanley in healthcare banking, and Bain & Company as a strategy consultant in the healthcare field. A graduate of Brown University and the Harvard Business School, Mr. Raker and his family are members of St. Paul Parish in Greenwich. He currently serves as a volunteer for Catholic Charities and Foundations in Faith, and serves on the Board of FC Westchester, a not-for-profit soccer club based in Rye Brook, NY.  Previously, for eight years, he served on the Board of the Carver Center, a community center based in the heart of Port Chester, NY.  Mr. Raker and his wife have two sons and reside in Greenwich.

“I am thrilled to join the Foundations in Education Board,” commented Raker. “While I attended Brown University, my wife, Jill, graduated from Boston College, and we strongly believe in the importance of a strong Catholic education as a foundation for the youth in our Diocese.”

Foundations in Education is the realization of the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano’s vision to support the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ongoing mission to advance Catholic education in Fairfield County. The primary purpose of this non-profit initiative is to support Catholic education by providing tuition assistance for elementary school students and Innovation and Leadership grants for teachers and administrators that promote classroom innovation and professional leadership development and other education-based programs. 

“Continuing to build and grow our quality Board for Foundations in Education is an ongoing priority for us,” remarked Holly Doherty-Lemoine, Executive Director. “Tom and Geoff continue in our established tradition of excellence and bring wonderfully relevant experience and wisdom to the work of our Foundation. We are grateful to them for agreeing to serve on behalf of the thousands of students and hundreds of teachers in our Catholic schools.” 

The two new members join the existing Board of Trustees led by Chair Thomas McInerney. Other members include: David Cappiello, George Coleman, R. Bradford Evans, Lisa Ferraro Martino, Timothy FitzPatrick, Michael Hanlon, Leslie Lopez, Andrea Maldon, Anne McCrory, Dr. Julia McNamara, Michele Mitola, Joseph Purcell, Bernard Reidy, Barbara Ripp, Gerard Robilotti, Henry Rondon, Robert Scinto, Michael Shea, Jennifer St. Victor-de Pinho, Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, and Holly Doherty-Lemoine, ex officio.