Jessica is an entrepreneur and investor. Her work over the last decade has focused on financial inclusion, the sharing economy and social justice.
Jessica is best known as a Co-Founder of Kiva.org, the world’s first p2p microlending website. Kiva lets Internet users lend as little as $25 to individual entrepreneurs, providing them affordable capital to start or expand their small businesses. Since its founding in October 2005, Kiva has facilitated over $700 million in loans among individuals in 216 countries.
Jessica is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a 2011 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a certificate in Global Leadership and Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science from Bucknell University, and honorary PhDs from Centenary College and Quinnipiac University.