Appointed as Partnerships Evaluation Manager, Kiva


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, English, University of California, Irvine

Position Description

Kiva ( is the world's first personal micro-lending marketplace with a mission of alleviating global poverty by connecting people through micro-lending. In just 8 years, Kiva has raised almost $450 million for more than 1,000,000 borrowers in 70 countries. Kiva combines the culture and approach of an internet start-up with an intense focus on serving the borrower-to-lender connection. Kiva is poised to reach $1 billion in loans by 2017 and is expanding into new areas (e.g. student loans, water, mobile, etc.). Headquartered in San Francisco, Kiva's team has 100+ employees and over 500 volunteers worldwide.

The ACLS Public Fellow will support Kiva in developing scalable and efficient processes to understand the quality of the loans its partners are providing in the field. Kiva has been growing its reach and recently began working with a variety of organizations, not just microfinance institutions, to provide loan products that better serve client needs. Kiva has been testing a variety of new loan products with these field partners and would like to develop a way to easily identify those partners that are providing “good” products to their borrowers to scale with them. Additionally, the Partnerships Evaluation Manager will help develop partnerships with organizations that can perform deeper impact evaluations of our work in the field.