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 on distressed conditions in the mortgage-backed securities, or "MBS," derivatives market. Until December 1994, he was the Senior Managing Director of Kidder Peabody, in charge of residential mortgage-backed securities, or "RMBS," trading. Mr. Vranos graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Mathematics from Harvard University.