ABOUT JESSICA HANSEN
In addition to managing global engagement, Jessica also created and launched Kiva's internationally award-winning education program, Kiva U. Before joining Kiva, Jessica worked with refugees through organizations including the United Nations, the International Rescue Committee, and Mercy Corps. She focused primarily on protecting and empowering refugee women and girls, and fighting for greater access to education, healthcare, and livelihoods.
Jessica has also lived and worked in rural Kenya with Nuru International, co-creating programs to raise literacy levels in rural primary schools with local Kenyan educators and scaling them throughout the region. Her fieldwork has been focused primarily in East Africa and Southeast Asia. She has a BA in International Politics from the University of Central Oklahoma/University of Leicester and an MSW from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.