ABOUT

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Jessica is an entrepreneur and investor focused on financial inclusion, the sharing economy, and social justice.

She currently serves as an investor and advisor with the Collaborative Fund, investing in entrepreneurs who champion the sharing economy. 

Before this, Jessica was a Cofounder and CEO of ProFounder, a pioneering crowdfunding platform for U.S. entrepreneurs. 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 over half a billion dollars in loans among individuals across 216 countries.

Jessica served from 2010-2012 as a Visiting Practitioner at Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. She 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 UpstartInternational Museum of WomenAllowance for GoodGlobal Health CorpsOpportunity InternationalVittanaFuse 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 InnovationAmazonWorld VisionVillage 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 and a certificate in Global Leadership and Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. She also holds a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Bucknell University, and honorary PhDs from Centenary College and Quinnipiac University. Jessica is a trained yoga instructor and avid surfer who lives in Los Angeles with her husband, author Reza Aslan, and their twin sons.

 

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