Robert R. Davenport III is Managing Partner of Brightpath Capital Partners, LP (BCP) and Chairman of Up Communications Services, LLC (UCS). BCP is a private equity investment fund focused on emerging growth companies in the Bay area and west coast that generate attractive ROI and positive social impact. BCP measures social impact in terms of job and wealth creation in low wealth communities, pollution and carbon footprint reduction and improved health and educational outcomes. UCS is a national information technology and outsourced fulfillment services company, headquartered outside of Nashville, TN.
Prior to founding BCP and UCS, he was President and CEO of Covad International, a DSL-based broadband services provider with operations in Asia and Europe. He began his tenure with Covad Communications as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development. Mr. Davenport also served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of TCI.NET, the broadband services subsidiary of Tele-Communications, Inc. (now Comcast). Previously, he was Vice President of TCI Telephony Services, as well as a member of the board of directors of Teleport Communications Group and Sprint PCS. Earlier in his career, Mr. Davenport served as Chief Financial Officer of Intellicall, Inc. and as Director of Corporate Development for TLC Beatrice Foods International. He began his career at First Boston and Lehman Brothers investing in both leveraged buyouts and risk arbitrage.
He served on the Board of Directors of MCI, Inc. until it was acquired by Verizon in 2006, and on the Board of Trustees of St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland, California from 2003 to 2009, including three years as Chairman. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Community Foundation, Blue Homes, Inc and Sungevity, Inc as Chairman.
Mr. Davenport earned his Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University. He also completed postgraduate work in political economy at the University of Nairobi, Kenya as a Rotary Fellow.