Wednesday, April 15, 2015

KIVA cofounder to speak at SLCC’s commencement

Jessica Jackley, cofounder of the global micro-lending giant Kiva, will deliver Salt Lake Community College’s commencement address May 7 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City.

Jackley is an “entrepreneur and investor focused on financial inclusion, the sharing economy, and social justice.” She is currently an investor and advisor with Collaborative Fund, a company that invests in entrepreneurs whose businesses, if successful, show promise of making “the world a better or more interesting place.”

Jackley also cofounded the pioneering crowd-funding platform ProFounder. In 2005 she helped found Kiva, which became one of the fastest growing social benefit websites in history. Kiva has facilitated more than $500 million in loans for individuals across 216 countries. Jackley earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Bucknell University. She holds honorary doctorates from Centenary College and Quinnipiac University.