Jason Lee ('07) is a lecturer in finance and entrepreneurship at UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has more than 19 years of professional experience in investment banking, private equity, venture capital and strategy consulting, and has co-founded a number of entrepreneurial ventures. His teaching focus includes finance, entrepreneurship, private equity and venture capital.
Outside of campus, Lee is currently a managing director and co-portfolio manager of the Power Opportunities Group at Oaktree Capital Management, where he focuses on private equity investments in the energy sector. Prior to Oaktree, Lee was a founding managing partner of Ascend, a venture consulting and incubation company, and co-founder of Intersphere, a business services company. He also previously served as director of international business development and strategy for Youbet.com, a publicly listed new media company, and CFO of Amerix Group, an international distributor of semiconductor and other electronic components.
Lee began his professional career in the investment banking group of JP Morgan, focusing on M&A and corporate finance transactions for companies in the technology, media, consumer retail and industrial sectors. Lee has also been a consultant for a number of years to the government of South Korea on matters pertaining to globalization strategies for the Korean media and entertainment industry and companies, as well as initiatives and policies to support the growth of venture investment and entrepreneurship; he has written several publications in this regard.
"I'd gone through the MBA program at UCLA Anderson and, in my experience, there's sometimes a disconnect between theory and application," Lee says. "I always felt that having a practitioner's point of view has value — not to replace the theoretical, but to offer another lens."
Lee is also a member of the boards of Array Technologies, Indoor Environmental Services, Kirlin Industries, Shoals Technologies and Vac One and a founding member of The Edge Corporation, which provides training for professionals in the fields of finance, management, strategy consulting and law. He also serves as a director of the Korea-U.S. Science Cooperation Center, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase cooperation in science and technology between South Korea and the United States.
B.S. Business Administration, UC Berkeley
MBA Business Administration, UCLA Anderson School of Management