Board of Directors

All Board members, except Kiva's CEO and President, are independent voting members.

Board of Directors

Julie Hanna | Executive Chair of the Board, Kiva

Wences Casares | Founder and CEO, Xapo

Maya Chorengel | Co-Founder, Elevar

Reid Hoffman | Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn

Amy Klement | VP Investments, Omidyar Network

John D. Muller | Vice President of Global Payments Policy, PayPal

Ρremal Shah | President, Kiva

Martin Tschοpp | CEO, Kiva

Tabreez Verjee | Co-founder and Managing Partner, Uprising

2015 Leadership Council

Caroline Barlerin | Head of Community Outreach and Philanthropy, Twitter

Caroline Barlerin has been on her own social good journey for the past 20 years. She has spent her career bridging the worlds of profit and purpose. Caroline is the Head of Community Outreach and Philanthropy programs at Twitter where she’s harnessing the power of the platform and company for good. Prior to Twitter, Caroline ran volunteerism, disaster relief, and giving programs at HP as their Sustainability and Social Innovation Senior Director of Global Community Engagement. Her mandate there was to engage and equip more than 300,000 HP employees around the world. As the Founding Architect and board emeritus of Taproot Foundation, Caroline realized her passion for engaging business professionals in service and nonprofit capacity building. Earlier in her career Caroline ran partnerships for a software startup, designed a rice thresher for small acre farmers in Burma, led Level Playing Field Institute, and consulted Fortune 100 companies as a brand strategist at Landor Associates. In 2012, Silicon Valley Business Journal recognized Caroline as one of their "40 Under 40". She also received the Hoffman Prize from the State of California for her commitment to service locally, regionally and globally. Caroline currently sits on the World Affairs Council board, Bay Area Women’s and Children’s Center Advisory Board and US Fund for UNICEF NW region board. She received her BA from Vassar College and was a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University Business School.

Raj Desai | Executive Director, TiE Silicon Valley

Raj has over 40 years of experience in building global teams and entrepreneurship after holding senior positions in professional services, telecom and non-profit organizations. Raj started his career with the Coopers & Lybrand, UK practice where he held a variety of roles, including C & L Malawi. Subsequently, Raj joined British Telecom's management team in the new and emerging value added services business and participated in several acquisitions in the US which resulted in his relocation to the US. In 1994 following a merger of British Telecom's operations in the US with MCI, Raj ventured into the entrepreneurial world by acquiring a number of commercial printing businesses over a period of six years. After consolidating these businesses, Raj made a successful exit. Raj has been with TiE since inception as a volunteer, then as the Executive Director for six years since 2000, doubling up as TiE Global ED until 2005. He took a three-year India assignment as the Country Head of Rhythm New Media. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Miista, a high-end women's shoe company based in Europe. He returned to TiE SV early this year as a volunteer, serving as the Guest Relations Chair for TiEcon 2012. Raj is a very experienced mentor and brings to the table tremendous understanding of global markets, a keen understanding of business dynamics, a sharp sense of operations planning & management and a deep knowledge about how the global investing eco-system operates.

Omar Epps | Actor

Omar Epps currently stars in ABC’s new drama “Resurrection." He starred in the powerhouse hit Fox medical drama, “House,” for eight seasons for which he received an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” in 2007 and 2008. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” in 2005 as well as “Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series” in 2006, 2009 and again in 2012. The highly successful series was Emmy nominated for “Outstanding Drama Series” from 2006-2009. Epps was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Actor for his performance in the 2002 Showtime Original movie CONVICTION. Omar has starred in three HBO Original movies, FIRST TIME FELON directed by Charles Dutton, DAYBREAK co-starring Cuba Gooding Jr., and DEADLY VOYAGE produced by Danny Glover. This true story is about African stowaways on a ship bound for France. Once discovered by the French crew, each stowaway was killed off with the exception of one - Kingsley Ofusu. Omar portrayed Ofusu and won the Silver Nymph Award for Best Actor at the Monte Carlo Film Festival for this role. Epps is also heavily immersed in the world of technology and social media. He’s an investor in several tech companies; RockLive and Plus Capital to name a few, and serves on the advisory boards of ThinAire. Epps also serves on the Board of Directors for The Creative Coalition. Omar began writing at the age of ten and attended the prestigious LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts in New York. He is very passionate about education and writing and continues to give back in these forums. In addition, Omar is launching the BrooklynWorks Foundation which will ultimately be an arts based non-profit organization that will work with under-privileged kids.

Helene Gayle | President & CEO, CARE

Helene D. Gayle joined CARE USA as president and CEO in 2006. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, she received her B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University, her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University. After completing her residency in pediatric medicine at the Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., she entered the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, followed by a residency in preventive medicine, and then remained at CDC as a staff epidemiologist. At CDC, she studied problems of malnutrition in children in the United States and abroad, evaluating and implementing child survival programs in Africa and working on HIV/AIDS research, programs and policy. Dr. Gayle also served as the AIDS coordinator and chief of the HIV/AIDS division for the U.S. Agency for International Development; director for the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC; director of CDC's Washington office; and health consultant to international agencies including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank and UNAIDS. Prior to her current position, she was the director of the HIV, TB and reproductive health program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Keri Gohman | Head of Small Business Banking, Capital One

Keri Gohman is a veteran executive with an extensive track record of increasing shareholder value and customer loyalty through new business models, sales and channel strategies across multiple industries.  She currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Capital One’s Small Business banking segment, managing the strategy, P&L, offerings, credit and customer experience for small business across retail and direct banking.

Keri joined Capital One in 2008 and has held a number of leadership roles in both the company’s US Card business and Retail and Direct Bank business. Most recently, she led the Small Business Bank deposits and payments.  Her team focused on delivering differentiated business models and offerings within checking, savings, cash management, merchant services and complimentary small business products.

In prior roles, she served as Vice President of Channel & Customer Strategy and Analytics for Capital One Direct Bank and helped lead national expansion retail efforts. She was accountable for designing the multi-channel strategy, customer experience design and operating models for new, innovative retail banking strategies and online banking. She also has served as Vice President, US Card Sales and High Value Customer Strategies, where she drove new growth through expanding channel distribution and creating differentiated segment-based experiences.

Prior to Capital One, Keri’s background includes leadership roles at General Electric Financial Assurance and Intuit, including general management of global services businesses, business development, sales and marketing strategy and distribution development.

Keri is a certified Master Black Belt from GE and has, throughout her career, been an active leader of Women’s Network organizations.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Liberty University and holds an M.B.A. from Lynchburg College. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Tim and their three children.

Gary Hattem | Managing Director and Head, Global Social Finance | President, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation

Gary Hattem is a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank and heads the Global Social Finance group as well as its Americas Foundation. He is responsible for lending and investment activities, within the U.S. and throughout the developing world, that benefit social enterprises and disadvantaged communities. He also oversees Deutsche Bank’s corporate citizenship activities for the Americas.

Mr. Hattem established the Global Social Finance group when he joined Deutsche Bank in 1990. He is recognized as an innovative leader in the field of private sector investment in distressed communities having pioneered many initiatives in the fields of urban regeneration, microfinance and climate. Over the past two decades he has overseen nearly $3 billion in financing for projects and enterprises which benefit the poor.

In addition to this financing role, Mr. Hattem is the President of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation managing its philanthropic program with grants made in the fields of education and the arts, as well as, community development. Beyond the United States, the Foundation has an active grants program in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Peru.

Mr. Hattem holds many leadership positions in philanthropy, and community reinvestment.  Most notably, he is a Trustee of Pratt Institute, Chairman of the Carbon Initiative for Community Impact, Director of the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation and Chairman of the Global Microfinance Consortium II. 

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Gary Hattem was the first Executive Director of the St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation, a non-governmental organization.  Under his 15-year leadership, the organization advanced the revitalization of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York.

Mr. Hattem holds a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and a B.S. Degree from Purchase College. In 2009 he was selected as an American Council on Germany McCloy Environmental Fellow.

Robin Hogen | Chief Navigator, True North Strategies

Charles “Robin” Hogen has over 35 years of experience in corporate communications, foundation leadership, academic public affairs, brand management and crisis communications. His career has included high-level assignments in the corporate, higher education and philanthropic sectors. He has a reputation for developing powerful, cohesive communications strategies for leading brands, including Merck, United Technologies, Purdue Pharma, Yale University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He retired as Vice President of Communications at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at the end of 2014 and now runs a boutique consulting firm, True North Strategies. Hogen is a graduate of Philips Academy and earned his BA from Yale University. He is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, the NationSwell Council and serves as a Senior Advisor to the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and Rabin Martin. A self-described “sports nut,” Hogen enjoys skiing, windsurfing, biking, tennis and sailing on Long Island Sound with his wife, who skippers their boat “Seaquel” on which they were married in 2010.

Kurt Knapton | President and Chief Executive Officer Research Now Group, Inc.

Kurt was appointed by the Board as President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2011, and is responsible for the company’s overall performance and development.

Kurt, who initially helped launch the e-Rewards panel program in early 2000, led the company’s client development and strategy efforts for eight years. He was responsible for the global revenue of the company until February 2008, when he left to pursue both charitable work with the Restore Hope Project and co-found Abundant Energy, LLC, a renewable energy innovation company, focused on wind and hydro technologies. He served as Chief Executive Officer for two years.

Prior to joining Research Now, Kurt spent a decade as a management consultant. He worked for both Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture, specializing in business and technology strategy and execution. As a consultant, Kurt served over 20 Fortune 1000 clients with strategic and business improvement analysis and advice.

Kurt earned his Master of Business Administration from Dartmouth's Amos Tuck Graduate School of Business and was an Honors Program graduate at Baylor University, where he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in management and information systems.

Doug Michelman | Senior VP of Communications Sprint

Doug Michelman is senior vice president of corporate communication for Sprint. In this role, he overseas all corporate communications and corporate social responsibility initiative, including executive and internal communication, external relations, reputation-building efforts, issues management, marketing public relations, social media communication, industry analyst relations, coporate inclusion and diversity programs, and community relations outreach.

Michelman joined Sprint’s leadership team in December 2014 after serving for 10 years as chief communications officer for Visa, where he oversaw global media relations, public affairs, industry analyst relations and financial and communication strategies. Michelman guided communications for Vis’s IPO and led the development of the organization’s corporate values. He also established Visa’s corporate responsibility and philanthropy programs.

Prior to Visa, Michelman served in various roles as Fleishman Hillard, including regional president and senior partner. In addition to his many year of corporate experience, Michelman’s communications background also includes staff positions for two presidential campaigns. Michelman’s career has taken him to several cities, including a four-year stint in Hong Kong, China. Michelman is a graduate of Duke University and currently resides in Kansas City. 

Sue Norton | VP of Global Citizenship and Sustainability at PepsiCo Foundation

Sue Norton is the Vice President of Global Citizenship and Sustainability for PepsiCo, with responsibility for leading and operationalizing the company’s global Citizenship agenda.  In this role, Sue directs the PepsiCo Foundation’s efforts to develop game-changing solutions that address systemic issues facing underserved communities around the world.  In addition, she ensures that the company’s philanthropic agenda supports the achievement of the Human, Environmental and Talent Sustainability goals that PepsiCo has established as part of its commitment to Performance with Purpose.

Since joining PepsiCo in 1994, Sue has served in a range of senior Sales, Marketing, Strategy, and general management positions across PepsiCo’s Food and Beverage divisions.  Prior to her current role, she was the Vice President and General Manager of Global Business Ventures for PepsiCo, where she led the company’s efforts to leverage disruptive technology innovations to develop and commercialize transformational new business platforms with growth potential for emerging markets. Her previous roles have included VP & GM of PepsiCo’s Convenience and Gas Channel, and VP & GM of PepsiCo’s Vending and Specialty Channel Operations.

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Sue worked as a management consultant, working with Fortune 500 companies on strategy development and implementation projects, as well as change leadership, high performance team development, and process reengineering efforts.

Sue is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Metro NY, and the Food Bank for Westchester.  She also serves as Chairman of the External Advisory Board for the Yale Graduate School of Nursing.  Sue and her husband live in New York, are engaged in philanthropic activities in their community, and enjoy spending time with their six grown children.

John Renfro | Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources, Capital Group

John Renfro is senior vice president and chief human resources officer at the Capital Group. He leads the company’s worldwide human resources organization and is responsible for driving its global human capital strategy. The Capital Group is one of the world’s largest investment management organizations with assets of over $1 trillion under management. 

Prior to joining Capital, John was the executive vice president and chief human resources officer at AECOM, a global provider of architecture, design, engineering and construction services with 100,000 employees in 150 countries.  Previously he served as the vice president of human resources for Hewlett-Packard Company. Before that, he was the senior vice president and chief human resources officer at The Walt Disney Company.

John’s 30-year career has included HR leadership responsibility in a broad range of industries and geographies.  He has worked in technology, media, aerospace, and consumer products, and has lived and worked throughout the US and internationally, including assignments in Sydney and Hong Kong.

John’s outside affiliations include serving on the advisory boards for University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, USC’s Center for Effective Organizations, the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, and the College of Business at Southern Illinois University. 

John holds a bachelor’s degree in administrative sciences from Southern Illinois University. His son Justin is on the Kiva Zip team, a program that provides 0% interest loans to financially excluded and socially impactful entrepreneurs in the United States. John lives in Los Angeles.

Libby Schaaf | Mayor of Oakland

Born and raised in Oakland, Libby spent her youth volunteering, through countless Girl Scout projects, at Children's Fairyland, and as a weekly Ranger Station Aide at Joaquin Miller Park. While an attorney in her late 20s, she co-founded the non-profit Oakland Cares, which organized and implemented hundreds of volunteer community improvement projects across the city. She found her calling building community, so she left her legal career at Oakland's largest law firm to build and run the first centralized volunteer program for Oakland public schools at the Marcus Foster Institute. Libby later served as Chief of Staff to Council President Ignacio De La Fuente, and then as a top aide to Mayor Jerry Brown. Libby successfully led community input and the drafting of the Measure Y Violence Prevention Plan. Libby has also been a champion for economic development. She has worked closely with business leaders throughout the District to support local business growth and encourage Oaklanders to shop right here at home so that we can keep our sales tax dollars funding vital city services. Along with City Attorney Barbara Parker, Libby sponsored legislation making Oakland the first city to serve as a Kiva Zip micro-lending trustee supporting small Oakland-grown businesses.


Calvin Chin | CEO and Co-Founder, Qifang

Dave McClure | Founder, Paypal Developer Network

Jessica Jackley | Co-Founder, Kiva

John Hiler | CEO and Co-Founder,

Ken Howery | Founders Fund, PayPal Co-founder

Kiran Jain | Attorney, Bingham McCutchen LLP

Phu Hoang

Scott Smith | Attorney, Hanson Bridgett Marcus Vlahos Rudy LLP

Sundeep Ahuja | Co-founder, RichRelevance