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 marketing for impact investment deals. She was an 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 efforts.

Most recently Jenny led digital marketing for MIT Solve, a social innovation initiative based out of the President’s Office of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including promoting Solve’s donor-advised fund. Previously, 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 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies from Dartmouth College. In her free time, she is a wildlife photographer and Instagram creator (@rogerandjennyphotography), capturing photos from her travels to shine a light on wildlife conservation. She won the United States National Award in the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards—her portrait of a polar bear cub in Arctic Canada was published in CNN and other media outlets and has been displayed in exhibitions at Somerset House in London and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. Jenny was also a winner in the 2022 WWF Spain and Arvivid Nature & Wildlife Photography Contest, where her photo of lions mating was displayed at a private exhibition fundraiser for wildlife conservation in Madrid. Her work has also been published in National Geographic, BBC Earth, Sony Alpha, Smithsonian Magazine, The Nature Conservancy, Siena International Photo Awards, Mass Audubon, Africa Geo, Cape Cod Travel Guide, and more.