Jessica Jackley

Venture Partner with the Collaborative Fund

 

Jessica is a social entrepreneur focused on creating innovative ways for other entrepreneurs to access the resources they need to succeed, including not just capital but the engagement of robust, supportive communities.

Jessica currently serves as a Venture Partner with the Collaborative Fund, focused on investing in creative entrepreneurs who want to change the world through emerging technologies. 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 $300M 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 the 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 the 2011 Economist's "No Boundaries" Innovation Award, the 2010 USA Network's Character Approved Award, and USC's Marshall School of Business 2009 Visionary 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. She is a trained yoga instructor and avid surfer. Jessica lives in Los Angeles with her husband, author Reza Aslan, and their twin sons.

Jessica Jackley was a Counsellor at One Young World Summits: 2012 in Pittsburgh.