About Us

Washington Harbour Partners is a private investment firm that offers flexibility and operational expertise in non-cyclical businesses, including defense technology, cybersecurity, tech- enabled consumer services, and government IT and software.

Investment Team

Our team has significant top-tier investment experience, coming from firms such as Viking, Silver Lake and The Carlyle Group.

Our Advisor Team

Washington Harbour’s Advisors have extensive experience in founding, operating, and investing in products and services in a way that helps companies grow and flourish.

Our Process

Rooted in Research

Our fresh perspective comes from intensive due diligence that allows us to create new opportunities.

Intensive due diligence. We get to know founders early in the process, conducting deep due diligence that makes us confident about the growth potential. This allows us to move quickly when the opportunity arises, choosing where within a company’s trajectory we want to invest – from minority growth equity to control private equity to public equities.

Identify value within the business. We assess opportunities through multiple investment lenses to match the value potential with the investment strategy.

Platform strategy. We create business platforms for our investments to unlock the potential of best-in-class capabilities within the companies. One example is a cybersecurity platform serving U.S. Federal Government customers. Our platforms never compete with one another.


Mina FaltasFounder and Chief Investment Officer

Before founding Washington Harbour, Mr. Faltas was Co-Founder, Managing Partner, and Head of Research at Nokota Management, a $2.7 billion hedge fund, from 2011-March 2019. He oversaw risk management and served on the Management Committee and the Investment Committee. Previously, he was a Senior Investment Analyst at Viking Global Investors, a $20 billion investment firm, from 2008 until 2011. He invested in equity and credit primarily covering technology, media, telecom, healthcare, and gaming/companies. Mr. Faltas worked at JPMorgan from 2000 through 2008, initially as Vice President in the Proprietary Positioning Business, focusing on distressed debt and special situations investments (2006-2008), Vice President in the Corporate Structuring and Solutions Group (2002-2006) and, and a M&A Analyst advising on telecom, media, and technology firms from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Faltas graduated with a B.S. in Commerce (Finance) from the University of Virginia. He serves on the Board of Advisors of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, the Advisory Board of Diameter Capital Partners, the Board of Directors of Groundswell, the Board of Directors of aXiomatic Gaming, and the Board of Directors of Reconext. He is also a member of the US Capital Chapter of YPO.


Frank LiInvestment Partner

Before joining Washington Harbour, Mr. Li was a Private Equity Associate at Silver Lake Partners. He was a generalist within technology and technology-enabled sectors. He evaluated strategic raonale and financial viability of potential portfolio companies. He worked on convertible debt investment in AMC Entertainment, Motorola Solutions, and on equity investments in WordPress and Intelsat among other projects. He was a summer intern at Silverlake as well as P Schoenfeld Asset Management and QED Benchmark Fund. Mr. Li graduated from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics, and Concentration in Finance, Accounting and Statics.


Daim MalikInvestment Partner

Before joining Washington Harbour, Mr. Malik was a Private Equity Associate at The Carlyle Group in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Technology investing team focused on buyout and growth equity investments in enterprise software and tech-enabled services. He evaluated strategic rationale and financial viability of potential portfolio companies. Prior to Carlyle, he was a member of the Software and Services (S&S) investing team at Golden Gate Capital and as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley. He was a summer intern at Houlihan Lokey. Mr. Malik graduated from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics, and concentrations in Finance, Accounting and Business Analytics.


Min AnInvestment Partner

Before joining Washington Harbour, Mr. An was an Associate at JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on minority equity and majority buyouts of high-growth software companies. At JMI, he was responsible for sourcing and completing due diligence on potential investments. Prior to JMI, Mr. An was an investment banking analyst in the TMT group at Goldman Sachs, focusing on M&A and IPOs for technology clients. He worked on Amazon’s acquisition of iRobot, Applied Materials’ acquisition of Picosun, Informatica’s IPO, Marqeta’s IPO, and Lumentum’s acquisition of NeoPhotonics among other transactions. He also worked in the M&A group at RBC Capital Markets, primarily working on sponsor-led buy-side transactions. Mr. An graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.S. in Business Administration and Concentration in Finance.


Patrick FoleyInvestment Partner

Before joining Washington Harbour, Mr. Foley was a Private Equity Associate at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in New York. He was a member of the Consumer, Retail and Services group focused on potential take-privates, partnership transactions and carve-outs. At CD&R, he was responsible for monitoring and mapping select industry subsectors, as well as supporting portfolio companies and respective management teams. Prior to CD&R, he was an Investment Banking Analyst at Bank of America, Merrill Lynch in the Mergers and Acquisitions group. Mr. Foley graduated from Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business with a B.S in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance and Accounting.


Jack HusseyInvestment Partner

Before joining Washington Harbour, Mr. Hussey was an Analyst at Matrix Capital Management, a Tiger Cub hedge fund focused on TMT, consumer, and healthcare sector and $3.5 billion in assets under management. Mr. Hussey covered media, internet, and consumer sectors and modeled over 20 companies. Previously, he covered real estate, technology, and industrials at Susquehanna International Group, distributing daily updates to over 200 clients. He provided real-time analysis on options trading irregularities, recommendations for hedging strategies, and probabilistic analysis of company event volatilities using probabilistic. Prior to Susquehanna, he was a summer intern at Almitas Capital. He graduated from University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business with a B.S. in Business Administration.


George Batsakis

George Batsakis, as Chief Executive Officer of Groundswell/Washington Harbour Federal IT, leads strategic focus and direction, including day-to-day operations. With over 25 years of experience in large-scale government systems development, George possesses extensive expertise in supporting lifecycle management across multiple agencies and technology platforms. As an experienced business executive and a U.S. Army veteran, George is commited to fulfilling Groundswell’s mission to bring seismic change to the federal sector.

Before joining Groundswell, formerly CollabraLink Technologies, Inc., George worked in Operations at Electronic Data Systems and Northrop Grumman. He also headed the National Security Group at SRA International, Inc. Later, George served as the Chief Growth Officer at CSRA and as the Defense and Intelligence Portfolio Lead at Accenture. George worked at the 1901 Group as a Partner and Executive before transitioning to CollabraLink, now a Groundswell company, as CEO.

After graduating from Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich., where he studied political science and history, Batsakis atended the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School and served as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army and in various command and staff positions at the Company and Field grades in the U.S. Army National Guard. He holds a master's degree in business from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., with specialization in operations research and systems analysis, as well as program management certification in acquisition management from the Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va. He also has attended executive education programs at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.


Jerad Speigel

Jerad Speigel, as the Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer of Groundswell/Washington Harbour Federal IT, is responsible for evaluating market trends and identifying critical areas for investment. Jerad’s purview includes organic and inorganic growth, designed to fast-track Groundswell’s capabilities and functional expertise. Federal customers have highly complex needs, and we designed our investments to meet those needs with world- class expertise. Jerad brings both entrepreneurship experience, as well as 20+ years of Federal technology experience, working across 30+ federal agencies.

Before joining Groundswell, formerly CollabraLink Technologies, Inc., Jerad was the founder and CEO of Phase One, a leading digital transformation firm specializing in low-code application development. Phase One was purchased in 2017 by Accenture. Jerad has an MBA and BBA in Finance from Texas Christian University.


Jonathan Sholtis

Jonathan Sholtis, the Managing Director of Groundswell’s Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Group, leading strategic growth across the DoD and Intelligence Community (IC) including federal and civilian sector agencies, state and local governments, and commercial markets.

As Managing Director, Jonathan thrives at growing and leading the business in new markets by harnessing emerging technology and digital practices. His team designs and delivers a full spectrum of digital service offerings for Groundswell’s DoD and IC customers. These service offerings include modern management practices and secure supply chain management capabilities using automation and data science.

Shaped by his experience as a Naval Officer, his leadership and management background include a strong focus on organizational culture. Influenced at a young age by his father, Jonathan honed his business background through a Master’s level education. He polished his background through his work experience with several of the leading consulting and professional services organizations.

Before joining Groundswell, Jonathan was the Senior Vice President of Security and Resilience (Cyber) for ICF [ticker: ICF] where he successfully led the business and its “go-to-market” strategy across ICF’s public sector. Jonathan holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and master’s certificates from the Yale School of Management and Columbia Business School.


Ralph Kahn

Ralph Kahn has more than 25 years’ experience in the technology industry. He has held positions in systems engineering, product management, professional services, sales and business management. Mr. Kahn has spent the last ten years working in the cybersecurity industry.

As the Vice President for Intel and Emerging technologies at McAfee, Mr. Kahn was responsible for leading an advanced technology group chartered with forward-looking cyber research. Under his direction, this group discovered several new threat vectors and developed an information sharing and cyber system interaction model that is being used at the core of the McAfee products and is being extended to include other cybersecurity products. Mr. Kahn has held positions as the Vice President of Federal for Tanium. In this role, he delivered on the U.S. Government’s need for real-time situational awareness at scale. In his most recent role, Mr. Kahn is CEO of Blue Horizon Advisors, a lead advisory firm to help high tech profit startups optimize go to market functions to accelerate and maximize revenue growth. Ralph holds a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.