Jessica Jackley: Social Entrepreneur
Jessica is a social entrepreneur focused on empowering others through entrepreneurship and access to capital. She is also a Visiting Practitioner at Stanford University’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society.
Before this, Jessica was a Cofounder and CEO of ProFounder, a pioneering crowdfunding platform providing tools for small business entrepreneurs in the U.S. to access start-up capital and harness community involvement. In February 2012, ProFounder joined forces with GOOD to create new tools and experiences for their community of creators and Jessica became GOOD’s first Entrepreneur in Residence.
Earlier in her career, Jessica was a Cofounder and Chief Marketing Officer of Kiva, the world’s first p2p microlending website. Kiva lets internet users lend as little as $25 to individual 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 since its founding in October 2005 has facilitated nearly $400M in loans among individuals across 216 countries.
Jessica has taught Entrepreneurial Design for Social Change at Drew University and Global Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at USC. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a 2011 World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, and has served as an active board member or advisor for numerous organizations championing women, microfinance, tech, and the arts including Upstart, International Museum of Women, Allowance for Good, Global Health Corps, Opportunity International, Vittana, Fuse Corps, and others.
Jessica was named one of Fast Company’s 60 in the 2012 League of Extraordinary Women, and has received numerous awards for her work including the 2012 University of California’s Human Security Award, 2011 Economist’s “No Boundaries” Innovation Award and the 2010 USA Networks Character Approved Award, among other honors. Convinced that social change happens across all sectors, Jackley has worked in public, nonprofit, and private organizations including the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Amazon, World Vision, Village Enterprise Fund, Project Baobab, Potentia Media, and others.
Jessica holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with Certificates in Global Management and Public Management, a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Bucknell University, and an honorary PhD from Centenary College.
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Poverty, Money – and Love:
What do you think of people in poverty? Maybe what Jessica Jackley once did: “they” need “our” help, in the form of a few coins in a jar. The co-founder of Kiva.org talks about how her attitude changed — and how her work with microloans has brought new power to people who live on a few dollars a day.