As Kiva's Portfolio Manager for the Middle East, Lev is responsible for managing relationships with existing field partners and growing Kiva’s presence in the region. Lev focuses on supporting partners to ensure that they get the most out of their relationships with Kiva, while also identifying new partner organizations to be part of the Kiva platform. Prior to joining Kiva, Lev lived in Palestine for three years, where he worked for a youth empowerment organization. This experience helped spark his interest in the Middle East, and he has since spent his time getting to know as many places as possible throughout the region. Lev loves nothing more than exploring new cities and has been based in Istanbul, Turkey since 2012. After growing up in Berkeley, Lev studied International Politics at Wesleyan University, with a focus on International Relations and Middle Eastern politics.