Steven E. Russell, Esq.

Portfolio Manager, Senior Research Analyst

Mr. Russell is a Co-Manager of the Emerald Banking & Finance Fund, a Co-Manager of the Emerald Small Cap Value and SMID Cap Value portfolios and a Senior Research Analyst for Emerald Advisers, Inc. In addition, he is a member of the Portfolio Management team at Emerald Direct Lending Advisers LLC. Prior to joining Emerald in 2005, Mr. Russell founded Greenwood Advisers, LLC, a registered investment adviser. Previously, he served as Managing Director of iNetworks, LLC a private equity firm located in Western Pennsylvania. Prior to joining iNetworks, LLC, Mr. Russell served as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager of Emerald Advisers, where he served as Manager of the Emerald Technology Fund and co-manager of the Emerald Select Banking Fund. He was also a Principal and Founding Partner of Emerald Venture Capital. Mr. Russell served as Senior Private Equity Analyst for the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS), where he administered PSERS’ $1.2 billion commitment of private investments, including leveraged buyouts, distressed investments, mezzanine and growth equities. From 1996 to 1997, he administered PSERS’ $400 million Developmental Fund and $100 million Absolute Return Program. Mr. Russell serves on the Board of Arbitrators for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg Television and other investment oriented programs. He has been quoted in various international media, including The Wall Street Journal, Smart Money Magazine, Bloomberg Business News, Dow Jones News Service and Market Watch. Mr. Russell received both his JD and MBA degrees from Temple University and a BA degree in Banking and Finance from Morehouse College. Mr. Russell is licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey and has passed the NASD Series 63 exam.