Steen Watson

Managing Partner


Steen is a co-founder of Chestnut Funds and oversees the firm's investment activities along with capital, asset, and portfolio management for the funds.


Steen has worked with established commercial real estate firms including Trammell Crow and CBRE in Washington, DC  and has also worked with and been an investment partner with various commercial real estate development firms. Immediately before founding Chestnut he joined a retail development partnership and during his tenure the firm acquired and developed retail properties in the Southeast U.S. for which he was responsible for securing equity and debt financing along with structuring the acquiring partnerships. Before attending business school Steen managed and owned a group of grocery stores that was sold to a strategic buyer.


Steen received a BS in Political Science and an MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University.


832 Georgia Avenue

Suite 221

Chattanooga, TN 37402





Chestnut Funds extends its expertise through its affiliate relationships. Chestnut Development offers development management and project management services to select Chestnut Funds investments. Chestnut Catalyst brings knowledge and experience in impact framework design and measurement, strategic capacity building, and venture investing to Chestnut's Opportunity Zone Fund.

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