Jai Parson is an Associate at Ariel Alternatives, LLC where he supports the investment team with deal sourcing and execution, portfolio management, demand aggregation, fundraising, and Impact and ESG activities. He is passionate about solving problems and improving minorities’ access to wealth through responsible capital deployment.
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, respectively. 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 from Rutgers University, with a concentration in Organizational Leadership, and an MBA from University of Michigan.