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Brian Schmucker  Chief Executive Officer

Brian founded RiverNorth in 2000 and serves as Chief Executive Officer. Brian is responsible for firm-wide management, strategic planning and business development. Brian has been a featured speaker on topics such as closed-end funds, hedge funds, entrepreneurship and other finance topics at various universities and business roundtable discussions throughout the country. Brian graduated with a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University. He is actively involved with Hedge Funds Care, The Otis Wilson Foundation, Invest for Kids and other charitable organizations.

Patrick Galley, CFA  Chief Investment Officer

Patrick joined RiverNorth in 2004 and serves as Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager. Patrick heads the firmís investment team and oversees all portfolio management activities at RiverNorth. Patrick also serves as the President and Chairman of RiverNorth Funds. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Patrick was Vice President at Bank of America in the Global Investment Bank's Portfolio Management group where he specialized in analyzing and structuring corporate transactions for investment management firms in addition to closed-end and open-end funds, hedge funds, fund of funds, structured investment vehicles and insurance/reinsurance companies. Patrick graduated with honors from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Finance. He is a CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago.

Jon Mohrhardt  Chief Operating Officer

Jon joined RiverNorth in 2009 and serves as Chief Operating Officer. Jon oversees all aspects of the Firm's day-to-day operations. Jon also serves as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of RiverNorth Funds. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Jon was Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Treasurer of Utopia Funds where he was responsible for leading and managing the day-to-day operations, financial administration and regulatory compliance of an SEC-registered open-end mutual fund complex. At Utopia, Jon led the team responsible for launching the fund family. Jon graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Finance.

Trevor Andrews, CFA  Investment Analyst

Trevor joined RiverNorth in 2008 and serves as a member of the investment management team. Trevor is responsible for assisting with research and analysis. Trevor also assisted with the creation of the RiverNorth Closed-End Fund Index and oversees pricing of the index. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Trevor was an analyst at Bank of America in the Collateralized Debt Group where he performed Collateralized Debt portfolio analysis and reporting. Trevor graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Finance. He is a CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago.

Jamie Bannister, CFA  Investment Analyst
Jamie Bannister

Jamie joined RiverNorth in 2013 and serves as a member of the investment management team. Jamie is responsible for assisting with research and trading. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Jamie was a Vice President at Fidelity Investments in the Prime Brokerage division where she ran the Special Situations desk. Jamie was responsible for the securities lending and relationship management needs of hedge funds, with an emphasis on closed-end funds, MLPs, preferred securities and event-driven arbitrage deals. Jamie worked previously as a securities finance trader specializing in closed-end funds and as an equity trader with Fidelity. Prior to Fidelity, Jamie was an equity trader at LPL Financial in Boston, MA. Jamie graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University with a B.A. in Economics and Spanish and earned her MBA from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. She is a CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society (BSAS).

Marc Collins   General Counsel, CCO

Marc joined RiverNorth in 2012 and serves as General Counsel. Marc is also Chief Compliance Officer of RiverNorth Capital Management, LLC and RiverNorth Funds. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Marc was an attorney in the investment management practice group at Thompson Hine LLP where he counseled clients regarding various aspects of the federal securities laws applicable to investment advisers, investment companies and broker-dealers. Prior to Thompson Hine, Marc was Second Vice-President and Counsel at Ohio National Financial Services. Marc provided legal guidance to all of Ohio National's securities-related subsidiaries, which included broker-dealers, investment companies, investment advisers and issuers of variable insurance products. Marc graduated from Carson Newman University in Tennessee with a B.A. in Political Science and earned his law degree from Northern Kentucky University's Chase College of Law.

Brock Corbett   Investment Analyst

Brock joined RiverNorth in 2012 and serves as a member of the investment management team. Brock is responsible for assisting with research, analysis and monitoring of portfolios, with a focus on derivatives. Brock also assists with trade execution, overseeing data operations and developing internal software solutions for idea generation and risk management. Brock graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Economics with a Foreign Language Citation in French. Brock has passed all three levels of the CFA examination.

Emily Deter   Portfolio Specialist

Emily joined RiverNorth in 2009 and serves as a member of the portfolio specialist team. Emily is responsible for working with investment management to promote and support RiverNorth's investment strategies, with a focus on marketing. Emily graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Finance. Emily is an active member of the Hedge Funds Care | Help for Children Midwest Committee of Hearts.

Melissa Hale   Controller

Melissa joined RiverNorth in 2005 and serves as Controller. Melissa is responsible for the accounting operations of the firm, including the production of financial reports and maintenance of financial and accounting records. In addition, Melissa oversees human resource management and serves as a member of RiverNorthís compliance team. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Melissa was an Executive Assistant at Revere Mortgage Ltd. where she provided administrative support to the Vice President. Melissa graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Psychology.

Kaitlyn Hwang   Software Developer

Kaitlyn joined RiverNorth in 2012 and serves as a Software Developer. Kaitlyn is responsible for data operations and development of proprietary trading systems and the core infrastructure. Kaitlyn has been a programmer in the financial industry for more than six years and a programmer for over twelve years. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Kaitlyn was a Software Developer at BBR Trading where she created custom, proprietary applications in distributed environments. Prior to BBR Trading, Kaitlyn was a Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory where she worked with super computers performing biotechnology data analysis. Kaitlyn graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Economics and earned her M.S. in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Stephanie Johnstone   Office Manager

Stephanie joined RiverNorth in 2013 and serves as Office Manager. Stephanie is responsible for providing multifaceted office support. In addition, Stephanie leads the firm's public relations efforts. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Stephanie was an enrollment advisor at the University of Phoenix where she was responsible for enrolling and supporting new students. Stephanie graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism.

Chris Lakumb, CFA   Portfolio Specialist

Chris rejoined RiverNorth in 2013 and serves as a member of the portfolio specialist team. Chris is responsible for supporting the investment management team, serving as a liaison between the portfolio managers and the firmís investor base. Chris departed RiverNorth in 2012, relocated to California and joined EverBank as a Wealth Management Specialist. Chris advised EverBankís institutional and retail clients on investment policy and portfolio construction. Prior to joining RiverNorth in 2009, Chris was a Managing Director at InterOcean Financial Group. Chris was also a member of InterOceanís investment committee where he participated in the investment manager research, due-diligence and review process. Chris graduated from Lewis University with a B.S. in Finance. He is a CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Societies of Chicago and San Francisco.

Eric Metz, CFA   Portfolio Manager

Eric joined RiverNorth in 2012 and serves as Portfolio Manager and Derivatives Strategist. Eric aids the firm in optimizing risk while managing the derivatives-oriented portfolios. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Eric was a partner at Bengal Capital LLC, a multi-asset volatility arbitrage firm. Prior to Bengal, Eric was a senior trader at Ronin Capital, LLC where he specialized in equity and ETF derivatives. Eric graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan with a B.S.E in Industrial and Operations Engineering and earned his M.S.E., with honors, in Industrial and Operations Engineering. Eric was enrolled in the Industrial and Operations Engineering PhD program at the University of Michigan before pursuing his career path with the Chicago Trading Company on the floors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). He is a CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago.

Jay Nolan, CAIA   Portfolio Specialist

Jay joined RiverNorth in 2013 and serves as a member of the portfolio specialist team. Jay is responsible for supporting the investment management team, serving as a liaison between the portfolio managers and the firmís investor base. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Jay was as an Assistant Vice President and Senior Research Analyst at Pitcairn, a multi-family office based in Philadelphia. Jay managed investment models of liquid hedge and real asset strategies, performed investment and operational due diligence for various hedge fund managers and helped to expand the firm's open architecture program. Prior to Pitcairn, Jay spent six years as an Investment Analyst at Glenmede Trust after beginning his professional career at Cambridge Associates. Jay graduated from James Madison Universitywith a B.B.A in Finance and earned his MBA, with a concentration in Finance, from Emory University. Jay also holds the CAIA designation.

Steve O'Neill, CFA   Portfolio Manager

Steve joined RiverNorth in 2007 and serves as Portfolio Manager. Steve co-manages the Firm's closed-end fund trading strategies and helps to oversee the firm's closed-end fund investment analysts. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Steve was Assistant Vice President at Bank of America in the Global Investment Bank's Portfolio Management group where he specialized in the corporate real estate, asset management and structured finance industries. Steve graduated Magna Cum Laude from Miami University of Ohio with a B.S. in Finance and a minor in Economics. He is a CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago.

Eric Pestrue, CFA   Investment Analyst

Eric joined RiverNorth in 2010 and serves as a member of the investment management team. Eric is responsible for assisting with research and trading. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Eric was a Project Manager in Morningstar's Data division where he worked extensively on the closed-end fund database and led the creation of the unit investment trust database. Prior to Morningstar, Eric was a Quantitative Research Analyst with First Trust Portfolios where he helped back-test quantitative investment strategies and select holdings for unit investment trusts. Eric graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Economics and earned his MBA, with honors, from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business. He is a CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago.

Paul Raskin   Software Developer

Paul joined RiverNorth in 2013 and serves as a Software Developer. Paul is responsible for data operations and development of proprietary trading systems and the core infrastructure. Paul has spent over five years writing financial software during his seven years as a professional software developer. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Paul was a developer at RJ O'Brien where he wrote futures and options trading applications. Prior to RJ O'Brien, Paul worked on several software products at General Electric Healthcare. Paul graduated from DePauw University with a B.A. in Computer Science.

Allen Webb, CFA   Portfolio Specialist

Allen joined RiverNorth in 2012 and serves as a member of the portfolio specialist team. Allen is responsible for supporting the investment management team, serving as a liaison between the portfolio managers and the firm's investor base. Prior to joining RiverNorth, Allen was a principal at Alpha Capital Management where he assisted with manager research and portfolio construction across Alpha's multi-manager liquid alternative investment strategies. Prior to Alpha, Allen was a senior portfolio manager at ING Investment Management and was responsible for the trading and management of $30 billion in investment grade corporate bonds. Prior to ING, Allen was a fixed income analyst and portfolio manager at the $26 billion Retirement Systems of Alabama managing proprietary pension assets for the teachers and employees of the State of Alabama. Allen graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Mathematics and earned his MBA from the University of Alabama. He is a CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Societies of Chicago and Atlanta.

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