Born and raised in Ohio, Theresa earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Miami University of Ohio. Immediately after college, Theresa joined the Peace Corps and served as a business adviser in the Republic of Georgia until the 2008 conflict with Russia. After transferring to Costa Rica, Theresa worked as an economic development facilitator. In this role, she supported entrepreneurs, women’s associations, cooperatives, youth groups, and municipal and local government initiatives. More recently, Theresa worked as a coordinator for the Peace Corps’ economic development program and focused on strengthening public private partnerships to bridge the digital divide in rural areas. Theresa recently began working toward a dual MBA/MA Global Affairs degree because her efforts in the Peace Corps showed her entrepreneurs, when supported by cross-sector collaboration, can amplify economic growth and social justice in communities. She can think of no better organization poised to make an impact in this area than Kiva and is delighted to work with Kiva Zip in Ohio this summer.

Fellows Blog Posts by Theresa Wilson

Jul 15, 2013 US United States

I am the first zip fellow to be placed in my hometown Akron, Ohio and here is a look at day in my life early in my fellowship. I get up at 7:00 and go for a jog on a trail by my house that goes by a lovely creek. After a shower and breakfast I get started on my day. It starts with a meeting with Tabitha, the marketing coordinator for a local business trustee, to go over the trustee profile. After coffee with Tabitha I drive over to the International Institute of Akron which supports refugees as they integrate into the Akron community. I speak to the director and her staff for about... Continue Reading >>