About Us

InfraShares is a crowdfunding platform that helps raise private investment in infrastructure projects (toll-roads, bridges, water/waste-water, mass-transit, renewable energy, schools, courthouses, etc.) and infrastructure focused start-ups.  InfraShares takes the successful model of crowdfunding investment for technology start-ups and commercial real estate projects and applies it to the infrastructure industry.

While private investment in public infrastructure is critical to meeting global infrastructure needs, small to medium sized projects (under $500 million) and infrastructure technology companies often suffer from a lack of cost competitive early-stage capital.

Recent laws have removed restrictions on general solicitation of securities allowing for “crowdfunding” of equity and debt investment in new ventures.  InfraShares leverages technology and industry expertise to provide a platform for project sponsors to market their projects to a broad base of investors who were previously restricted from participating in these deals.

Brian Ross

Founder

InfraShares was co-founded by Brian Ross after seeing the need for community investment in privately financed infrastructure.  Brian is passionate about helping to develop needed public infrastructure by providing broad-based direct investment opportunities to the general public.

 

Brian brings 17 years of experience in civil engineering, construction management, and infrastructure finance.  Brian’s experience as an asset manager and financial advisor on public-private partnerships (P3) gives him unique insight into the benefits of InfraShares over the current model of infrastructure finance.  Brian is a reserve officer in the Army Corps of Engineers, and deployed to Afghanistan in support OEF in 2011.  Brian was awarded the Bronze Star and named Engineering Platoon Leader of the year for his service.

 

His time in Afghanistan as a Platoon Leader brings real world leadership experience to the team.  Brian holds an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a Masters’ in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

InfraShares also has advisors with expertise in the fields of venture capital, project finance and crowdfunding.

Arthine Cossey van Duyne

Advisor

Arthine is an executive level Management Consultant and Business Developer with direct global leadership experience crafting and implementing growth strategies for emerging technology and blockchain companies. She also advises water and wastewater utilities and their capital planning ecosystems on how to leverage alternative project finance, public private partnerships and design build delivery for infrastructure resilience.

She is an expert at helping teams and organizations navigate real or perceived barriers as they hunt for their sweet spot in their markets. This includes focusing her time and resources in projects related to emerging technologies, resilient economies, renewable energy, water infrastructure, watershed restoration, impact investing, pathways to innovation and creating abundant access to capital for entrepreneurship.

Bryant Jenkins

Advisor

Bryant has over 15 years experience advising public and private sector clients on developing a range of infrastructure projects including transportation projects, water & sewer utilities, schools, and hospitals.

David Heyman

Advisor

Nationally recognized strategist, thought leader, and expert in national security, technology innovation, and international affairs. Senior executive in business and government, at the White House, US Department of Energy, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and in the private sector.

David Heyman co-founded and currently leads Smart City Works, a next-generation—and first of its kind—business accelerator, focused exclusively on urban infrastructure and improving the livability, operations, and resilience of cities.  He also serves in a number of leadership roles on both municipal, corporate, and international advisory boards including InfraShares.

With a unique background working at the intersection of technology, security, and public policy, and with broad experience across the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Asia, Heyman has been at the forefront of solving some of the toughest problems in society today. His work and commentary has been featured in the media by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, BBC, MSNBC, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and numerous other publications.

Robert Mazer

Advisor

Passionate and seasoned entrepreneur and attorney with extensive and multi-decade experience in developing creative and innovative solutions to extremely complex business and legal problems in the telecommunications industry. Recognized as an industry innovator and elder-statesman who has left an indelible mark on the sector. Demonstrated ability to launch and restructure organizations with a keen eye for alliances, integration and establishing forward-thinking footprints and scalable business models. Able to quickly recognize technical, economic regulatory, policy and legal trends and business opportunities in shifting telecom landscape.

A principal who assisted in the conception and founding of iBiquity Digital (terrestrial digital radio), iXnet (Global VPN), Ondas Media (European satellite radio) and most recently Apio Systems, Inc. Drafted business plans, identified the core management team and secured investors.

Mark Roderick

Legal Counsel

Mark Roderick has spent more than 30 years representing entrepreneurs and their businesses. Expanding on his in-depth knowledge of capital raising and securities law, Mark is one of the leading crowdfunding lawyers in the United States and is spearheading Flaster/Greenberg PC’s crowdfunding practice.

Mark developed and moderates a seminar series for entrepreneurs co- sponsored by the Rutgers-Camden Business Incubator, the Burlington County College High Technology Small Business Incubator, and the Rutgers-Camden Small Business Development Center. In this series, Mark and other panelists guide the entrepreneur through key legal aspects of business development and growth.

Mark also maintains the popular crowdfunding blog, crowdfundattny.com, and speaks regularly at crowdfunding events across the country.

Brien Desilets

Advisor

Brien Desilets is an investment banker focused on infrastructure, real estate, venture capital and other areas of interest. For more than 20 years, he has set trends in numerous investment fields. Brien pioneered research on incorporating environmental factors into financial institutions’ lending criteria in the 1990s. He has been an advocate for transit-oriented development for his entire adult life. Brien co-authored a World Bank publication on Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations in Eastern Europe in the early 2000s. He provided early stage (2006) analysis of subprime mortgage defaults to credit enhancement firms and investors. Brien advocated for greater focus on infrastructure investment in the aftermath of the Great Recession (2009) and European Sovereign Debt Crisis. He wrote the book on P3 Project Financing for the US Federal Highway Administration’s P3 Toolkit (2015). Brien has advocated for infrastructure investments to deliver economic growth and prevent conflict in the Middle East. He now raises capital for innovative companies and projects.