Jessica Jackley is a co-founder of Kiva.org, the world's first peer-to-peer online microlending website. Named as one of the top ideas in 2006 by the New York Times Magazine and called "revolutionary" by the BBC, Kiva (www.kiva.org) lets internet users lend as little as $25 to specific developing world entrepreneurs, providing affordable capital to help them start or expand a small business. Kiva has been one of the fastest-growing social benefit websites in history, and today facilitates over $1M dollars each week from lenders to entrepreneurs across over 185 countries.
Prior to founding Kiva, Jackley worked for the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Village Enterprise Fund, Amazon.com, Potentia Media, the International Foundation, World Vision, and others. Jackley speaks widely on microfinance and social entrepreneurship and has been featured in a wide array of media and press including Oprah, the Today Show, CNN, BBC, NBC, ABC, PBS, NPR, the WSJ, NYTimes, the Economist, and more.
In addition to her speaking engagements in the U.S. and internationally, Jackley serves as a director on several boards related to micro-enterprise development, including Opportunity International.
Jessica Jackley is the founder & CEO of Profounder. She is also the co-founder of Kiva, the world's first peer-to-peer online microlending service.
Jackley spent three years in the Stanford Business School's Center for Social Innovation and Public Management Program, where she helped launch the inaugural Global Philanthropy Forum. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from Bucknell University and an M.B.A from Stanford Business School.
Jackley and Matt Flannery founded Kiva Microfunds in October 2005. Kiva is an organization that allows people to lend money to small local businesses in developing countries and in the United States. Jackley has worked in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda with Village Enterprise Fund and Project Baobab.