Cory was previously an engineering volunteer at Kiva. He became inspired to work in microfinance after a summer trip to Ethiopia, where he helped teach and write grant proposals for schools and nonprofits in education. After coming back to the US, he enrolled in graduate studies at Stanford in Learning Theory and Product Design. It was there that he first heard about Kiva and was blown away by the concept. Immediately deciding to volunteer, his contributions have since included the first version of email invites and KivaVision, a Google Maps visualization of Kiva lenders around the world. He holds a degree in Computer Science from UCSD.