Thomas C. Melzer

Co-Founder and Managing Director
St. Louis, Missouri
Co-founded RiverVest in 2000
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We’ve set our sights high at RiverVest, assembling a top-notch team that has the technical training, operational expertise, and humility to work effectively with entrepreneurs in building great companies.

Tom co-founded RiverVest in 2000. Currently, he is actively involved in firm management, investor relations and community engagement. When directly engaged in investing, he worked with portfolio company CEOs as an adviser on strategy, management and financing. Tom is a former director at Centerre Healthcare Corporation, which was acquired by Kindred Healthcare LLC in 2014. He is also a former board observer at MacroGenics, Inc., which went public in 2013, and CyDex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which was acquired by Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 2011.

Before RiverVest, Tom was one of a handful of individuals who had the distinction of directly influencing U.S. monetary policy. As President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, he directed its involvement in the formulation of monetary policy, the supervision of banks, and the provision of payments services to depository institutions. In addition, he served on the FOMC, the Federal Reserve System’s chief monetary policymaking body, and chaired the investment committee for the Federal Reserve pension and thrift plans.

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Tom was a managing director of Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., where he was recognized as a trailblazer and troubleshooter in the areas of corporate finance, real estate finance and investment, strategic planning, and securities sales and trading. While director of the firm’s U.S. Government Securities department in the early 1980s, Tom turned around this money-losing division and grew it into a significant profit generator in ensuing years.

Outside of RiverVest, Tom holds board positions at Goldman Sachs Bank USA, chairing its Risk Committee, as well as the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Gateway Arch Park Foundation, the Nine Network of Public Media, and Parents as Teachers National Center. He also serves on the National Council for the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis and the Advisory Board of the Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research.

Tom earned an M.B.A. and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Not only do I, but Centerre’s entire management team and board of directors, highly respect, trust and value Tom’s strategic insight and judgment. As a Centerre director, Tom was an intent listener and provided effective guidance on the financing activities and strategic direction of the company. He was a delight to work with and communicate with and truly made a difference in the growth and success of Centerre.

Patrick FosterPresident and CEOCenterre Healthcare Corporation
  • Personal Interests: baseball, golf (and at one time, golfing) and gardening

  • Even after two decades since his retirement from the Fed, Tom is still passionate about the state of the economy, monetary policy, and investing.

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