Trustee: Libby Schaaf


Oakland, CA


What is your profession?
Why are you interested in becoming a Trustee?
As an elected official in Oakland, CA I want to see my city thrive. I want to help small local businesspeople succeed and grow a sustainable economy. Kiva Zip helps me and others be localist lenders.
Tell us about your profession or other relevant background.
I have worked in city leadership positions for 18 years, including Director of Public Affairs for the Port of Oakland, Special Assistant to Mayor Jerry Brown and Councilmember. I'm currently running for Mayor of Oakland.

Borrower Due Diligence

How will you decide who to endorse as a borrower? What due diligence will you conduct?
As a life-long Oaklander and elected official, I feel I know which businesses have what it takes to appeal to customers and succeed in my town. I will look for businesspeople who have the Oakland qualities of creativity, persistence and entrepreneurship and resonate with my sense of fierce Oakland pride. I'll also examine traditional indicators, like experience, track-record and a solid business plan.

About Libby Schaaf

Tier: Third
Location: Oakland, CA
Time on Kiva: March 29, 2014 (35 months)
Total loans: $15,000


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