Jesse Jantzen is the founder of Skylar James Capital, a multi-strategy family office. Jantzen previously was a Portfolio Manager at Clearview Capital Management, overseeing the firms long/short equity strategy. He has also held jobs at Perella Weinberg Partners, W Holding Company LLC and as an assistant coach for Harvard University.
Jantzen currently sits on the Board of the Fetal center for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in which he has been crucial in fundraising for the Hospitals fetal center, allergy, cardiac and most recently the cure for Sickle Cell anemia. He helps host CHOP's annual “All in For Kids” Celebrity Poker event, which has raised more than $7 million during the past eight years during the single-day event. He also sits on the Board of the Harvard Varsity Club, where he provides input, funding and advice for current and former Harvard athletes in order to grow and improve the community.
Jantzen recently finished a campaign to help raise $6.5 million in private funding for a standalone wrestling facility at Harvard University as well as the endowment of a Harvard Wrestling assistant coaching position in order to solidify the programs standing amongst University athletics. He and his family also endowed the Harvard Wrestling Hardest worker award in honor of his late father, Don Jantzen, beginning with a $100k endowment fund.
Jantzen received a B.S. in Sociology from Harvard University and Shoreham Wading River High School graduate.
- EIWA and Suffolk County hall of famer
- 2008 Olympic Trials qualifier
- 2005 66kg world champion at University World Games
- 2004 NCAA champion and Outstanding Wrestler
- 2004 Bingham Award (Harvard's best athlete)
- 3-time NCAA All-American
- Harvard's most decorated wrestler
- First 4-time New York state champion/6-time state place-winner
- 3-time high school All-American
- 2-time national champion and outstanding wrestler
- 2000 Asics high school wrestler of the year
Jantzen has started a small production company where he plans to continue to deliver powerful messages through story telling. He lives and works in downtown Manhattan and has passion for finance, film, health/fitness, travel, sports and philanthropy.
How has the sport of wrestling changed/enhanced your life?
- Wrestling served as a vehicle to get access to one of the best academic institutions in the world, it opened the door for me and the rest of my family to start a legacy of attending college and entering an elite network to fulfill our life potential.
Why did you decide to join the BTSNY Board?
- I wanted to give young kids the same opportunity I had, using sport as a vehicle for life lessons and access to education.
What's your favorite part of being part of the BTSNY Board?
- Watching our BTSNY boys and girls accomplish their goals, attend college, and serve their communities.