Board of Directors
Note: Matt Flannery, Co-founder and CEO; and Premal Shah, President also serve on the Board of Directors
Julie Hanna | Chair of the Board, Kiva
Julie Hanna is a serial entrepreneur who is driven by her belief in information technology as a democratizing force for social, political and business disruption. She has spent the last twenty years pioneering products that have allowed tens of millions around the world to connect, communicate and collaborate. Her experience creating innovative products and new business models now informs her work as a board member, angel investor and mentor to fellow entrepreneurs and CEO’s. In addition to serving as Chair of the Board at Kiva, Julie is a member of the board at Socialtext, the leading social networking SaaS provider for small and medium businesses, and an advisor to leading technology incubator, Idealab, as well as a number of internet startups and social ventures in the U.S. and Europe. Serving in roles that ranged from founding executive to founder & CEO, Julie has helped build five consumer internet and software companies. Among them, onebox.com, (acquired by OpenWave Nasdaq; OPNWV) the fastest growing internet communications service in 1999; Portola, the first internet mail system for businesses where she was instrumental to the acquisition by Netscape; Scalix, a pioneer and global leader in open source software and Healtheon, now WebMD (Nasdaq: WBMD).
Reid Hoffman | Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
Reid Hoffman is Executive Chairman and a co-founder of LinkedIn. Prior to LinkedIn, Reid was Executive Vice President of PayPal where he was in charge of all business relationships: business development, corporate development, international, government relations, and banking/payments infrastructure. During his tenure at PayPal, Reid was instrumental to the acquisition by eBay and was responsible for partnerships with Intuit, Visa, MasterCard and Wells Fargo. Reid also has held management roles in significant technology companies, including Fujitsu Software Corporation and Apple. In addition to LinkedIn, Reid serves on the Board of Directors for SixApart, Kiva.org, and Mozilla Corporation. Reid graduated with distinction from Stanford University with a BS in Symbolic Systems and from Oxford University with a Master's degree in philosophy and a Marshall scholarship.
Amy Klement | VP Investments, Omidyar Network
Tabreez Verjee | Co-founder and Managing Partner, Uprising
Alex Edelstein | CEO, Servio
Geoff Davis | Former CEO, Unitus
Geoff Davis is a serial entrepreneur turned social entrepreneur, who believes in the power of using business principles to solve a wide variety of social problems. He has more than fifteen years' experience in the microfinance space, including co-founding a microfinance program in Mexico, working with Muhammad Yunus in creating the Grameen Foundation and Grameen Investments, and as the CEO of microfinance accelerator Unitus, which he guided from startup to global leader in microfinance. Geoff also co-founded the Unitus Equity Fund, the first commercial microfinance venture fund. In addition to serving on Kiva's Board, Geoff is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation, Chairman at Waste Ventures, which incubates solid waste management companies, and member of the Board at Vittana, empowering young people around the world through education. Geoff has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Entrepreneur of The Year by Ernst & Young, an Entrepreneurial Thought Leader by Stanford University, and one of Seattle’s “40 under 40” by the Puget Sound Business Journal. He earned degrees from Brigham Young and Harvard universities.
Dave McClure | Founder, Paypal Developer Network
Dave McClure has worked in the Silicon Valley high-tech industry for over fifteen years and is on the Board of Directors of Unitus, a venture accelerator for microfinance institutions around the world. Dave also helps run the Silicon Valley Microfinance Network and co-chairs the Silicon Valley Search SIG for SDForum. His most recent positions include VP of Marketing at SimplyHired and Director of Marketing at PayPal, where he started PayPal's Developer Network, a technical marketing & education program comprised of over 300,000 web merchants & developers. Dave is currently an advisor & investor in several startups including Feedster, HealthUnity, and WellFund. Dave holds a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University.
Doug Michelman | Global Head of Corporate Relations, Visa
Michelman joined Visa U.S.A. as executive vice president of corporate relations in January 2003. As steward of the corporation's reputation, Michelman served as the chief communications strategist for Visa U.S.A. Prior to joining Visa, Michelman served as regional president and senior partner at Fleishman-Hillard. In this position, he managed Fleishman-Hillard's West Coast operations and oversaw the company's collective technology communications resources as CEO of Fleishman-Hillard Technology Consulting Worldwide (TCW).
During the course of his career, Michelman has developed corporate and investor relations communications programs, counseled clients on crisis communications and directed corporate image campaigns. In addition to various roles within Fleishman-Hillard both in the U.S. and internationally, Michelman’s extensive communications experience also includes staff positions in the press office for two presidential campaigns and work as an associate producer for local and national television news programs.
Michelman earned a B.A. in political science from Duke University in North Carolina.
Jessica Jackley | Co-Founder, Kiva
John Hiler | CEO and Co-Founder, Xanga.com
John is the CEO and co-founder of Xanga.com, one of the world's largest weblog communities. Prior to Xanga, John he consulted to software, media, and wireless companies at Mercer Management Consulting. As an Adjunct Professor at NYC, John teaches a course on Internet Civilization and his current research interests are in Social Capital, Emergent Journalism, and Cyber governance. John graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Asian Studies from Dartmouth University.
Ken Howery | Founders Fund, PayPal Co-founder
Kiran Jain | Attorney, Bingham McCutchen LLP
Kiran is an attorney at Bingham McCutchen, specializing in the finance practice. Kiran graduated from from Georgetown Law, where she participated in the Housing and Community Development Clinic that assisted low-income tenants in maintaining affordable housing and accessing low-interest credit. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Jain was an economics consultant in the International Transfer Pricing Group at Arthur Anderson LLP in New York, and Washington, D.C. Upon graduating from Columbia University, Ms. Jain served as a consultant to the United Nations' Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. During the summer of 1997 and 1998, she studied language, history and community development in India. She served as an intern at the White House in 1996.
Scott Smith | Attorney, Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos Rudy LLP
Scott is an attorney at Hanson Bridgett, specializing in corporate and tax law. Scott has significant experience counseling nonprofits in connection with all aspects of operations and represents emerging companies in connection with entity formation issues, licensing and other technology related matters. Scott sits on the Advisory Board of MicroMentor, which connects low-income business owners to individuals who have successfully navigated business ownership or management in the same industry. Scott has a B.A. from California State University, Fresno, an M.A. from University of Southern California and a law degree from University of Houston.