Michael R. Steed is the Founder and Managing Partner of Paladin Capital Group located in Washington, D.C. Paladin has multiple private equity funds that primarily invest in expansion capital and buy outs in small to medium size worker friendly companies. Paladin’s most recent fund is focused on Homeland Security companies that have products, services and technologies that will help prevent, defend and cope with the immediate aftermath and recovery from terrorist attacks and national disasters. Prior to forming Paladin Capital Group, Mr. Steed served as Senior Vice President of Investments of a major financial services company based in Washington, DC and served as President of its SEC registered investment advisory firm. From 1985 to 1992, Mr. Steed was President and Chief Executive Office of AFIC Group Limited, an investment banking firm with emphasis on domestic and international transactions in the areas of venture capital, real estate and stocks and bonds, with state, local, union and corporate pension funds as investors. From 1981 to 1985, he served as Special Counsel to the Chairman and as the National Director of the Democratic Party of the United States of America (DNC). Previously, Mr. Steed engaged in the practice of law, both as a prosecutor in the Los Angeles’ City Attorney’s Office and in private practice. Michael Steed is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles in 1971, and received his J.D. from Loyola University of School of Law in 1974. He presently serves as a member of LMU’s Board of Trustees and is a member of the Board of Visitors for Duke University’s Sanford Institute of Public Policy and is a founding board member of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. Mr. Steed is married to Carol Steed and they have three sons, Christopher, Jeremy, and Tyler. They reside in Chevy Chase, Maryland.