A data-driven serial entrepreneur, Alan focuses on helping authentic places become smarter and stronger. His most recent venture is the Community Data Platform, whose mission is to help communities make evidence-based decisions through the aggregation and analysis of data and the development of visualizations and insights. Its prototype, the Nantucket Data Platform, has received an overwhelmingly positive reaction and his vision is to bring the Nantucket experience to other communities across the country.
Alan has built several businesses in real estate investment and development. He is the Founder of Scout Real Estate Capital and its affiliate Scout Hotels. In 2009, National Geographic listed Alan as one of five “Sustainable Island All-Stars” for his commitment to sustainability. He also founded Windwalker Realty, a leading real estate advisory firm, and The Westmoor Club, one of the most successful private clubs in the country.
Previously, Alan spent 10 years affiliated with the Guggenheim family in New York, including a role as Founder and Managing Director of Guggenheim Realty Funds Management. He went on to serve for two years as a director at Wells Hill Partners Ltd., an investment advisory firm servicing the real estate industry.
Since returning to Nantucket in 2002, Alan has contributed to the local community with a range of initiatives and advisory roles. He serves as a Senior Advisor to ReMain Nantucket, an island-based philanthropic organization established by Wendy and Eric Schmidt of The Schmidt Family Foundation. ReMain seeks to preserve the authenticity and vibrancy of Nantucket as a year-round community.
He is a member of the Nantucket Yacht Club and is a Director Emeritus of Nantucket Community Sailing, a leading non-profit providing access to sailing programs for hundreds of children and adults. He is an experienced sailor who completed a double-handed sail from Nantucket to New Zealand in 2000 in a 46’ sloop named Windwalker. For that 14,000-mile trip he was awarded a Cruising Medal by the New York Yacht Club in 2001.
He graduated from Hobart College with a BA in architectural studies and went on to receive an MS degree in real estate development from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Historic Preservation. Alan lives on Nantucket with his wife Victoria and his three children – Henry, Charlie, and Alexandra.