Co-founder and CEO
Alice Zhang holds a B.A. in Financial Economics from Columbia University. She is also in the Fashion Merchandizing Professional Certificate Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She spent most of her life growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and also a couple of years in between in Canada, Togo, and China. More than anything, she appreciates her American education, Asian heritage and African/European perspectives. Last year she launched the first fashion-focused organization at Columbia University, CU Couture (www.cucouture.com).
Co-founder and COO
John Zhuang holds a B.A. from Columbia University in Computer Science. John enjoys looking into the operations and marketing of JAZ. He is passionate for creating, leading, and understanding start-ups. John was born in Kyoto Japan and has lived in Tokyo, Shanghai, Cincinnatti, Poughkeepsie, and New York City. In his free time, John enjoys swimming, cooking, running, and traveling.
Stacy "Hsin-Yu" Chang
Stacy has studied fashion and jewelry design at Columbia University and Academy of Art University. Stacy is currently working to
direct JAZ expansion into the West Coast and Asia. Stacy's interest include fashion, food, and photography.
West Coast Director
Meryl Yang is currently pursuing fashion merchandising in California and directing JAZ expansion into the west coast. Her work experience includes product marketing at Sephora USA and online merchandising at Charlotte Russe, both headquartered in San Francisco. Meryl was raised in New York City and received her BA in Psychology at Columbia University where she was was co-director and lead producer for multiple fashion shows on campus.
Tao Ning is a graduate student at Columbia, who picked up photography in college and never stopped since. He was fortunate enough to meet some fellow fashion enthusiasts and began photographing for BARE Magazine at UC Berkeley. The experience has opened his eyes to working with a diverse group of talented people who share a common vision toward bring fashion awareness to the everyday student life.
Jin Chen also a graduate from Columbia University. Jin calls herself a graphic designer more than a photographer. Just got her first DSLR (Canon Rebel T1i) in fall 2009, she is eager to explore the beauty and technicality of photography by shooting events and the piece of world around her. Jin is currently the co-president (www.columbiaphotography.org).
Anthony Chon is an a Economics major at Fordham University Class of 2010. Along with
his role in the JAZ Collection, he is also in Army ROTC at Fordham University and have a job in finance with a small brokerage firm on Wall Street. His interest includes cars,
super sport bikes, pool, clubbing, poker, MMA, paintball, and firing rage.
Born of a family in Fuyang, China that loves Beijing Opera, Shelly was immersed in art from an early age. At 6, Shelly won the Japan-China International Art Competition, and had her own gallery show at Anhui, China. Since then, She has won various other National and International art awards. She won the National BETA Convention for sketch and acrylic art. Shelly Xu is an artist turned designer. Her goal is to translate artistic creativity and inspiration into wearable products that are fabulous for their originality.
Having moved numerous times between the US and China, Jennifer Lee's idea of home has always lacked a geographical definition. To Jennifer, one aspect of her life that has remained constant is her love for fashion. She has taken courses in fashion at RISD and the Beijing Fashion Institute, and hopes to enroll in a fashion school after graduating from Columbia.
Mikhaila Leinbach is a student of Columbia University majoring in ‘Economic Theory in the Arts.’ She talent roles include: MMG model/ actor in New York, Disney, aerial silks instructor and avid dancer. She is featured in ‘The Sitter’ (July ’10), Gap, Reign Fine Apparel, Jonathan Carter Photography, etc. She placed Top Ten at Miss North Carolina USA in her first year competing. She raised $56,000 for smaller community-based initiatives this past year. Now, her newest initiative is ‘Project Rachel: The Rachel B. Swett Endowment Fund.’
Shelly Lian is an avid photographer and an aspiring violinist! In her free time, Shelly enjoys taking care of animals at the local shelter, helping out with community relief projects, and pursuing a career as a teacher! As a new member of the JAZ Collection, Shelly hopes to add her enthusiasm and hard work to the team.