Jennifer Q. Chen

Class Year: 

2008
Hometown: East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Language: 

Chinese (Mandarin)

Jennifer was born in Nanjing (Jiangsu Province), China. She moved to the U.S. at age three, but remained very active in the overseas Chinese community in New York and New Jersey, working and fundraising with Chinese schools, non-profit organizations, and individually to help bridge financial and informational gaps between Chinese and Chinese-American students. Her passion led her to work closely with Dr. Emily Hannum, Professor and Lecturer on sociology and rural education in China, in researching rural education conditions for her thesis on quality of education in Northwest China. In addition to her research and coursework, Jennifer was a member of the Wharton China Business Society and served as Vice President of Phi Gamma Nu Business Fraternity. She held several positions in the International Affairs Association at Penn and still found time to play Women's Lacrosse. The Huntsman Program has greatly shaped her experiences in college and was the reason she chose to apply to Penn. Jennifer credits the Huntsman Program with providing fond memories of intellectual discussions, family-like support, and a network of lifelong intimate friends.

Jennifer also gained a good deal of work experiences while at Penn, including staff and office development work for the Opera Solutions Consulting (Shanghai, 2005), coordinating the building and launching of the Small Business Resource Center at the American Chamber of Commerce (Beijing, 2006), consulting at the Small Business Development Center at Wharton, and working at Lehman Brothers Investment Banking during the summer of 2007. Currently, Jennifer is a Private Equity analyst in New York City but outside of work, she is co-founder and president of Givology, a non-profit peer-to-peer start-up that works with other education non-profits to disburse micro-grants for underprivileged students in developing nations. Givology was started during her senior year with classmates Joyce Meng and Xiang Li.