New York City’s Christ Church Day School

Louis Gregory Rice, a portfolio manager with Kellner Capital LLC, brings more than 25 years of experience in the financial industry to his job. When he is not managing Kellner’s multi-strategy hedge funds and 40 Act alternative mutual funds, records show that Louis Gregory Rice supported the fundraising activities of Christ Church Day School.

Christ Church Day School serves a small student population, currently just under 100 students between the ages of 2 and 5. It was founded in 1949 to offer children early learning experiences in a safe and nurturing environment. The school’s leaders and teachers recognize that their students are in the midst of the greatest developmental spurt of their lives. Many of their experiences in school will be “firsts,” and the faculty carefully craft the curriculum to nourish discovery, exploration, and invention in an atmosphere that respects the children’s own paces.

Located in Manhattan, the school is part of Christ Church United Methodist, and operates five days a week on the sixth floor of the church building on Park Avenue and 60th Street. The school also uses the church’s secure rooftop as a play area. Overall, the school has been described as “traditional, low-key, and nonsectarian.”

Admission to Christ Church Day is very competitive. Siblings are given early decision consideration; otherwise, the school conducts a lottery and distributes applications to the winners in late October; it distributes about five applications for each expected opening. The school holds an open house as part of the application process and interviews each applicant family. It announces admissions decisions in March.


Spotlight on the Girl Scouts of Greater New York’s Cookie University

Louis Gregory Rice, long/short equity portfolio manager at Kellner Capital, has been involved in the financial industry since 1987. An active community leader, Louis Gregory Rice and his wife Melissa remain involved with the Girl Scouts of New York, Melissa serving as a current board member.

As New York City’s largest girls-only youth organization, the Girl Scouts of Greater New York is a driving force in providing girls with leadership skills at an early age. As part of its long-term goals to prepare young women for academic and professional success, the Girl Scouts of Greater New York established the Cookie University Mentor Training and the Cookie University programs in late 2012. Hosted at the ING Direct Café, The Cookie University Mentor Training brought together senior Girl Scouts Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to learn from local financial professionals and develop valuable insight into business and career planning. At the Cookie University in The Cooper Union, mentors interact with Brownies to explore essential skills and business areas such as marketing tactics, financial literacy, and business ethics to help them succeed during the annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale. As a result, Girl Scouts in the New York City area have the unique opportunity to apply real-world skills in the largest girl-led business initiative in the world.

The Blue Ridge Labs Design Insight Group at the Robin Hood Foundation

A financial analyst and portfolio manager with more than 25 years of management experience, Louis Gregory Rice has been with Kellner Capital since 2013. As a longtime resident of New York, Louis Gregory Rice lends his support to a number of charitable organizations, including the Robin Hood Foundation, for which he offered summer internships while at Lazard Freres & Co, LLC, according to records.

The largest nonprofit in the New York City area working against poverty, the Robin Hood Foundation has been working nonstop for over 25 years to produce meaningful change for citizens in low-income neighborhoods through innovative relief and diversion programs. Recently, these efforts culminated in a new partnership between the Robin Hood Foundation and Blue Ridge Labs, a nonprofit incubator for technology-based solutions to pressing social issues.

In addition to generating fellowships to fund innovative technology, Blue Ridge Labs hosts the Design Insight Group to bring early-stage technology to its core audience. In order to improve understanding of how new technology fits into people’s lives and make improvements, Design Insight Group members provide honest feedback and share their experiences. In addition to gaining firsthand experience with new technology in various stages of development, the Design Insight Program members are compensated $25/hour. Signing up is as simple as filling out an application form at the Blue Ridge Labs website ( and answering basic questions in a follow-up phone call. Testing opportunities are available year-round for members, and every member receives automatic invitations to free events.

The Harlem Children Zone – Comprehensive Community Support

An investment manager, Louis Gregory Rice has more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector, according to public flings and records. As a portfolio manager at Kellner Capital LLC in New York, he oversees one of the firm’s 40 Act alternative mutual funds and the equity portion of its multi-strategy hedge fund, e.g. the Kellner Long/Short Fund and the Kellner Catalyst Fund, LP. Louis Gregory Rice draws on experience gained at firms such as Lazard Frères & Co. LLC, where he not only managed U.S. equity sales and trading operations, but former colleagues recall that he launched an internship program in association with the Harlem Children Zone.

We looked into the Harlem Children Zone in more detail. With a mission to end cycles of generational poverty among families in Central Harlem, the Harlem Children Zone provides several programs for children of all ages. The organization works to provide individualized support to more than 13,000 students to empower them for future academic, professional, and personal success. It focuses on the delivery of comprehensive, long-term support for kids and families at all stages of life, beginning with early childhood development classes for new and expectant parents.

The extensive educational resources of the Harlem Children Zone include pre-K, elementary, middle school, high school, and college preparatory programs, including a variety of enriching after-school programs. The organization continues to support its students throughout their postsecondary academic careers, providing additional support through its College Success Office. In addition to its academic programs, Harlem Children Zone supports entire families through recreational, cultural, informational, and health-focused programs at its community centers. These centers include the Harlem Armory, a 50,000-square-foot facility hosting nutrition classes, fitness programs, and athletic events for both children and adults.