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Jai K. Parson


Jai's Expertise

Jai supports the investment team with deal sourcing and execution, portfolio management, demand aggregation, fundraising, and impact and ESG activities. Before joining Ariel, Jai worked in a dual role at Detroit Venture Partners and Guardhat where he analyzed early-stage startups for potential investment and defined go-to-market strategy for product specific use cases. Prior to those roles, he worked for Aspire Power Solutions in Lagos, Nigeria as a chief of staff to the founder where he developed small- to mid-scale solar infrastructure projects and supported their seed-stage capital raise. Earlier in his career, Jai worked at BNY Mellon for six years in various roles, ending as a vice president in investment management finance strategy. Jai holds a BA in economics with a concentration in organizational leadership from Rutgers University and an MBA from University of Michigan, where he chairs career advancement for the Black business alumni association board.