Jenny Zhao

Associate Director, Communications

Office: Boston Year: 2020

Jenny Zhao is the Associate Director of Communications at Social Finance, where she helps lead external communications for the firm and the CEO, as well as communications on specific impact investment deals and advisory projects. She was editor of Workforce Realigned: How New Partnerships Are Advancing Economic Mobility, a book and podcast series by Social Finance and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia on how to reboot economic mobility in America. She also launched the people of color affinity group at Social Finance and is actively involved in the firm’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts.

Most recently Jenny led digital marketing for MIT Solve, a social innovation initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including promoting Solve’s donor-advised fund. Before that, Jenny worked in marketing for a variety of startups in Boston, including serving as the Director of Digital Marketing for Clover Food Lab, a sustainable fast-casual chain with a mission to fight climate change. She also worked at the Harvard Business School Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, managing a $4 million federal grant project with the U.S. Department of Commerce to promote regional economic development.

Jenny studied women’s and gender studies and history at Dartmouth College. In her free time, she is a wildlife photographer and Instagram influencer (@rogerandjennyphotography), capturing photos from her travels locally and internationally to shine a light on wildlife conservation. She was a first-place winner in the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards, United States National Award. Her work has been published in CNN, National Geographic, BBC Earth, BBC News, Sony Alpha, Smithsonian Magazine, Siena International Photo Awards, Mass Audubon, The Daily Mail, Africa Geo, Cape Cod Travel Guide, and more.