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Kathy Chen

Senior Associate

Kathy Chen is a Senior Associate at 1955 Capital where she is focused on transformative technologies in healthcare, energy, and the environment.

Prior to 1955, Kathy spent three years at an Asia-based cross-border growth equity firm Unitas Capital, which managed over US$4 billion in assets across Asia, North America, and Europe. During that time, Kathy assisted in the acquisition of companies in the consumer, industrial and healthcare verticals, and supported their market expansion strategy in China. Additionally, she was a part of the team’s operating turnaround initiative to ready portfolio companies for their next stage of growth.

Kathy obtained her MBA from the Wharton School, where she helped lead the sustainable technology investing effort for Wharton Impact Investing Partners and served on the Wharton Student Sustainability Advisory Board. Kathy was also a Packard Environmental Fellow and supported environmental research and advisory efforts at California Environmental Associates, covering topics across agriculture, aquaculture as well as water markets.

Kathy has previously advised several startups in the healthcare, education, and sustainability sectors, assisting with market research, business development, finance and analytics. Some of her engagements include AccessAfya, a chain of micro-clinics serving the urban slums of Nairobi; Seebox, an educational product aiming to increase STEM literacy in South Africa; and Full Harvest, a B2B platform addressing food waste at the farm level.

Kathy started her career in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan, executing a variety of M&A, debt & equity transactions in the U.S. and China. She earned her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School with a minor in Architecture from the Penn School of Design.