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Jen Zhao


Jen Zhao, Chief Strategy Officer, is based in Marathon Capital’s Chicago office. She is dedicated to furthering Marathon Capital's vision by advancing, communicating, and executing Marathon Capital's strategic plans.

Jen joined Marathon Capital in 2017 as an Investment Banking Associate and was later promoted to Vice President and Chief of Staff. During her time at Marathon Capital, Jen has worked closely with bankers at all levels and across all departments. As Chief of Staff, she was instrumental in institutionalizing the junior banker program, working closely with the staffers, training leads, and the HR team. In a transactional capacity, she played key roles in solar, wind, and competitive retail mandates serving LS Power, Goldwind, Hanwha, Heelstone, and Asian and European energy strategies.

Prior to joining Marathon Capital, Jen was an investment banking associate with Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Power and Utilities practice in New York, where she was a Top Performer in the 2016 Global Banking & Markets Entry Training Program. Before business school, Jen conducted research at the World Resources Institute, a leading environmental and energy think tank in Washington, D.C.

Jen received a BA in History and International Studies from Peking University, China, an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She holds Series 24, 63, and 79 licenses.