Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Micheal Lempres

Mr. Lempres has been Chairman of the Board of Silvergate Capital Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Silvergate Bank, since June 2021.

Mr. Lempres was an executive in residence at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to his role at Andreessen Horowitz, he was chief legal and risk officer of Coinbase, Inc., the nation’s leading digital currency exchange, general counsel of BitNet, Inc., an early digital currency company, and the senior attorney at Silicon Valley Bank.

Mr. Lempres was earlier a White House Fellow and held positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, including deputy associate attorney general. He graduated from Dartmouth College and Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.

Ms. Brassfield has a diverse banking background that includes accounting, strategic planning, branch operations, retail banking sales and service, data processing, business banking, human resources, regulatory compliance and check processing.

Ms. Brassfield joined Silvergate Bank in March 2009 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer from September 2011 to December 2013. She previously was Chief Administrative Officer for San Diego National Bank, a $2.3 billion asset bank where she managed the growth of the retail bank from $900 million in deposits to over $2 billion in deposits.

Prior to San Diego National Bank, Ms. Brassfield was Chief Financial Officer for Community National Bank, Escondido, California, and Chief Administrative Officer for First National Bank, San Diego. She has also held the titles of Chief Information Officer and Loan Servicing Manager. Ms. Brassfield received a B.A. in Economics from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of LEAD San Diego.

Paul Colucci

Mr. Colucci owns and operates a private real estate company focused on the investment, management, and development of real estate opportunities in Southern California. Portfolio asset types include multi-family, office, industrial and single-family housing.

He has worked with Goldman Sachs, Inc. in the real estate investment-banking group in New York City. At Goldman Sachs he was involved in over $5 billion of CMBS transactions with underwriting oversight, rating agency and investor relations, and due diligence for the entire securitization process.

He also worked with Batchelder and Partners, a boutique investment bank focusing on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance advisory services.

Mr. Colucci earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Thomas Dircks
Mr. Dircks is a Managing Director of Charterhouse Strategic Partners, a provider of strategically focused investments in growth companies in the United States.

Mr. Dircks was previously Managing Partner of Charterhouse Equity Partners and was responsible for managing and overseeing the investment of Charterhouse’s multi billion dollars of North America focused institutional private equity funds. Charterhouse was one of the earliest investors in private equity and raised funds and invested in middle market companies for over three decades.

Prior to joining Charterhouse, he was employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers as a certified public accountant.

He holds a B.S. in accounting and an M.B.A. from Fordham University. Mr. Dircks has served on the Board of Directors since 2003.

Scott Reed

Scott A. Reed, partner, director and co-founder of BankCap Partners, has over 20 years of experience in the financial services and strategic consulting industries. Mr. Reed began his career as a derivatives trader with Swiss Bank Corporation.

After graduating from business school, he worked for Bain & Company as a consultant and later at Bear Stearns as an investment banker in its Financial Institutions Group. Before founding BankCap Partners, Mr. Reed was Senior Vice President, Director of Corporate Strategy and Planning for Carreker Corporation.

Mr. Reed is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Commerce and a B.A. in History. He received his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he was an Edward Tuck Scholar. Currently, he serves on the advisory board of the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce.

In addition to serving on the board of Silvergate, he also serves as a director of Xenith Bankshares, a Richmond, Virginia, based commercial bank. Born and raised in the San Diego area, he now resides in Dallas with his wife Kelly and their four sons.


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