Our Team

The Blue Garnet team. Left to right: Jennifer Oki, Leah Haynesworth, Jennifer Li ShenWay-Ting ChenShannon Johnson, Karen Shang, Jessica Wong, and Marcelo Pinell (Sofia Van Cleve not pictured above)

Way-Ting Chen, Co-Founder and Senior Partner

A macro-economist and geek at heart with a passion for problem solving and generating breakthrough insights that lead to social impact. She is top-notch problem solver with a penchant for critical analysis. She is fueled by her conviction that “the system” can and should work better. She holds an International MBA, University of Chicago and a BA with honors in Economics & Political Science from Swarthmore College. Way-Ting lives with her family in Playa Del Rey.

Jennifer Li Shen, Co-Founder and Senior Partner

A dogged idealist with a discerning eye and an undying belief in democracy. Where markets fail, opportunities for social change abound. She channels her inner maximizer to realize the potential in others while pushing for innovation and asking the tough questions. She holds an MBA, Yale University and a BA in Political Science from Swarthmore College. Jennifer is a loving wife and mother of four.

Shannon Johnson, Partner

A CPA-turned-strategy-consultant who uses her persuasion and woo to effectively engage clients while providing insights and managing to project timelines. She holds an MBA, UCLA Anderson, is a CPA and has a MA, Public Accounting, University of Washington.

Jessica Wong, Associate

Jessica is a lover of learning all things related to social impact. She integrates her for-profit consulting experience and on-the-ground non-profit experience together to empathize with clients in how to create structure out of ambiguity. A Deloitte Consulting Alumni, Jessica holds a BA from the University of California – Irvine in Business Economics with an emphasis in international relations.

Sofia Van Cleve, Analyst

Sofia is the newest addition to the Blue Garnet team. She brings a non-profit perspective combined with communications and research strengths as an Analyst. Sofia graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA in December 2017, with a B.A. in International Development Studies and minor in Global Health.

Giselle Timmerman, Senior Consultant and Coach

A social behaviorist obsessed with leadership development, team-building and social entrepreneurship. She poses hard questions that invite candor and ah-ha moments critical to effective organizational change. She holds an MA in Applied Positive Psychology, concentration in Organizational Leadership, University of Pennsylvania.