Jennifer Chalmers Balbach, Partner
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Jennifer Chalmers Balbach

Jennifer's role at Summer Street.
A founding partner of Summer Street, Jennifer is involved in most aspects of the firm's operations.  Her responsibilities include portfolio company development, marketing support, and administrative management. 


Jennifer's experience.
Jennifer has served on the boards of several portfolio companies, including those in manufacturing and healthcare services.  She also serves on the board for the Lifetime Healthcare Companies, parent of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield affiliated health plans of Upstate New York.


How she came to Summer Street.
Prior to Summer Street, Jennifer served as Vice President at Buffalo Ventures, where she placed equity investments in and provided advisory services to numerous small businesses in Western New York.  She also served as a management consultant at Bain & Company, Coopers & Lybrand, and American Management Systems, where she advised clients in manufacturing, defense, and services sectors.


Her educational background.
A graduate of Harvard College, Jennifer received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.


Jennifer's community involvement.
Jennifer is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, as well as the Harvard Alumni Association of Western New York.  She serves on the Regional Advisory Board for Univera Healthcare, and chairs the investment committee for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.


Fun facts about Jennifer.
Jennifer and her husband are proud parents of three sons. Jennifer enjoys skiing and traveling, as well as being a soccer, lacrosse, and hockey mom.

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