Jessica Jackley

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Jessica Jackley
Jessica Jackley.jpg
Jackley at the University of Tennessee, 2010
Born (1977-10-29) October 29, 1977 (age 41)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
EducationBucknell University (B.A. 2000)
Stanford Business School (M.B.A.)
OccupationCo-founder & CMO,
Co-founder & CEO, ProFounder
Matt Flannery (m. 2003–2008)

Reza Aslan (m. 2011)

Jessica Erin Jackley (born October 29, 1977)[1] is an American entrepreneur who co-founded Kiva and later ProFounder, two organizations that promote development through microloans.

Early life[edit]

Jackley grew up in Franklin Park, Pennsylvania, in a Christian household.[2] She graduated from North Allegheny Senior High School in 1996.[3] She received her B.A. degree in philosophy and political science from Bucknell University in 2000[4] 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,[5] a platform that provided tools for small business entrepreneurs in the United States to access start-up capital through crowdfunding and community involvement.[5]

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.[6]

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 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]

Jackley is a mentor of 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.[7][8]

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 and best-selling author Reza Aslan, and their three sons.[9] She is a Christian.[10]


  1. ^ Intelius. "Jessica Jackley in Los Angeles, CA". Intelius. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  2. ^ Character Clearinghouse - 2012 Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values Keynote Speaker: "Interview With Jessica Jackley" With Pamela C. Crosby retrieved August 10, 2015
  3. ^ Oster, Doug (November 9, 2008). "Her goal: end poverty, one loan at a time". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Jessica Jackley Flannery ... 31
  4. ^ "Alumni Stories: Jessica Jackley Flannery".
  5. ^ a b Rao, Leena (February 17, 2012). "Fundraising Platform For Startups ProFounder Shuts Its Doors". TechCrunch.
  6. ^ Flannery, Matt (2007). "Kiva and the Birth of Person-to-Person Microfinance" (PDF). Innovations (MIT Press). Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  7. ^ "About".
  8. ^ "Girl Effect Accelerator".
  9. ^ "About: Reza Aslan".
  10. ^ Katz Miller, Susan (September 28, 2013). "Reza Aslan and Jessica Jackley: A Muslim and Christian Interfaith Family". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 1, 2014.

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