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Thomas F. Robards †
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Thomas F. Robards †
Chairman of the Board of Trustees


Mr. Robards has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2007 and as our Chairman since October 2009. Mr. Robards is a principal in Robards & Co, LLC, a private investment and advisory company. He currently serves as a Trustee and Board Chair of the HSBC Funds, a mutual fund complex. He has previously been a Director and Audit Committee Chair of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc., as well as a Director and on the Audit Committee of Financial Federal Corporation, both NYSE-listed c... 
Laurence E. Penn
President and Chief Executive Officer; Trustee
Laurence E. Penn
President and Chief Executive Officer; Trustee


Mr. Penn is a Vice Chairman and the Chief Operating Officer of Ellington, where he helps oversee many functions of the firm, including trading, risk management, and new business. Mr. Penn is also the Executive Vice President of our Manager and serves on our Manager’s investment and risk management committee. Mr. Penn has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2012 and has served as a member of our Board of Trustees since our inception. Mr. Penn also serves as Chief Executiv... 
Michael W. Vranos
Co-Chief Investment Officer; Trustee
Michael W. Vranos
Co-Chief Investment Officer; Trustee


Mr. Vranos has been our Co-Chief Investment Officer since October 2012 and a member of our Board of Trustees since our inception in 2012. Mr. Vranos is also the Chief Executive Officer and President of our Manager. Mr. Vranos also serves as Co-Chief Investment Officer of Ellington Financial LLC ("EFC") and was a member of the Board of Directors of EFC from 2007 until August 2018. Mr. Vranos is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of EMG, which he founded in December of 1994 to capitalize... 
Menes O. Chee †
Trustee
Menes O. Chee †
Trustee


Menes O. Chee is a Managing Director in the Tactical Opportunities Group at Blackstone. Mr. Chee joined Blackstone in 2009, as a Managing Director of GSO Capital Partners, and transferred to Tactical Opportunities in 2012. Before joining Blackstone, from 2005 until 2009, Mr. Chee was a Principal with TPG-Axon Capital, a global multi-strategy hedge fund manager. Prior to that, from 2003 until 2005, Mr. Chee was a private equity investment professional with Texas Pacific Group. Previous to Texas P... 
Robert B. Allardice, III †
Trustee
Robert B. Allardice, III †
Trustee


Robert B. Allardice, III has served as a director of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG) since September 2008. Mr. Allardice retired in 1999 from his position as regional chief executive officer of Deutsche Bank Americas Holding Corporation, North and South America (“DBAHC”). Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Allardice was a consultant to Smith Barney. Prior to consulting to Smith Barney, Mr. Allardice spent nearly 20 years in positions of increasing responsibility at Morga... 
David J. Miller †
Trustee
David J. Miller †
Trustee


Mr. Miller serves as Chairman of the Board of J.G. Wentworth, a position he has held since February 2018. Mr. Miller previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of JGWPT Holdings, LLC, or "JGWPT," from January 2009 until July 2014 and was previously Chief Executive Officer of J.G. Wentworth, LLC, JGWPT's predecessor. In May 2009, J.G. Wentworth, LLC filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Delawa... 
Ronald I. Simon, Ph. D. †
Trustee
Ronald I. Simon, Ph. D. †
Trustee


Dr. Simon has served as a member of our Board since May 2013. Dr. Simon has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Ellington Financial LLC since 2007. Dr. Simon is a private investor and financial consultant to businesses. From March 2003 through February 2006, when it was acquired by Wachovia Corp., Dr. Simon was a Director of WFS Financial, Inc., a publicly-traded financial services company specializing in automobile finance. He was a director of Collateral Therapeutics from 1998 unti... 
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