Jessica Jackley

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Jessica Jackley
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Jessica Jackley speaking at the University of Tennessee on March 24, 2010
Born 1977 (age 37–38)
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality  United States
Alma mater Bucknell University (B.A.)
Stanford Business School (M.B.A.)
Occupation Co-founder & CMO,
Co-founder & CEO, ProFounder
Children 3

Jessica Jackley is an American businesswoman and entrepreneur. She is best known for co-founding Kiva and later ProFounder, two organizations that promote development through microloans.

Early life[edit]

Jackley grew up in Franklin Park, Pennsylvania, in an evangelical Christian household.[citation needed] She graduated from North Allegheny Senior High School in 1996.[1] She received her B.A. degree in philosophy and political science from Bucknell University in 2000[2] and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, with certificates in Public and Global Management.


Jackley was the co-founder and CEO of ProFounder,[3] a platform that provided tools for small business entrepreneurs in the United States to access start-up capital through crowdfunding and community involvement.[4]

Prior to ProFounder, Jackley was co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Kiva, the world's first p2p microlending website. Jackley and Matt Flannery (now her ex-husband) founded Kiva Microfunds in October 2005.[citation needed]

Jackley is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, and has taught 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 serves as an active board member on several organizations championing women, microfinance, tech, and the arts, including Opportunity International, the International Museum of Women, and Allowance for Good.[citation needed]

Jackley has worked in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda with Village Enterprise Fund and Project Baobab. Jackley also spent three years in the Stanford GSB's Center for Social Innovation and Public Management Program, where she helped launch the inaugural Global Philanthropy Forum.[citation needed]

Jessica is a mentor of the The Girl Effect Accelerator, a two-week business accelerator program that aims to scale startups in emerging markets that are best positioned to impact millions of girls in poverty.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Jackley was previously married to Matt Flannery, co-founder of Kiva. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her second husband, Associate Professor of Creative Writing Reza Aslan, and their twin sons.[7] She is a Christian.[8]


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