Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based organization building the global interfaith youth movement. Author of the award-winning book Acts of Faith, Eboo is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today and CNN. He served on President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.
Jessica Jackley is a co-founder of Kiva.org, the world's first peer-to-peer online microlending website. Named as one of the top ideas in 2006 by the New York Times Magazine and called "revolutionary" by the BBC, Kiva (www.kiva.org) lets internet users lend as little as $25 to specific developing world entrepreneurs, providing affordable capital to help them start or expand a small business. Kiva has been one of the fastest-growing social benefit websites in history, and since its founding in 2005, has loaned over $100M from lenders to entrepreneurs across 182 countries.
In the midst of these successes, Kiva remains focused on a very simple idea: bringing people closer to each other. Kiva’s mission, “to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty,” and the idea that relationships are a powerful force for positive change, remain foundational for the organization’s strategy– and for Jessica's work.
Jessica first saw the power, beauty, and dignity of microfinance while working in rural East Africa with microenterprise development nonprofit Village Enterprise Fund on impact evaluation and program development. Sector-agnostic about social change, Jessica has worked for public, nonprofit, and private organizations including the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Amazon.com, Potentia Media, the International Foundation, World Vision, and others.
In the summer of 2009, Jessica began work on a new platform, ProFounder, that provides new ways for small businesses in the U.S. to access start-up funding through community involvement. Jessica also currently teaches Global Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at USC.
Jessica’s work with Kiva has been featured in a wide array of media and press including Oprah, the Today Show, CNN, BBC, NBC, ABC, PBS, NPR, the WSJ, NYTimes, The Economist, and more. A finalist for TIME's 100 Most Influential People of 2009, Jessica has received numerous awards for her work, and speaks widely on microfinance and social entrepreneurship. Jessica currently serves as a director on several boards (both non-profit and for-profit), and is an active member on a number of affiliate groups championing women, tech, and the arts.
Jessica holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with Certificates in Global Management and Public Management, and a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Bucknell University.
Last but not least, Jessica is a trained yoga instructor, avid surfer, and poet."
Below is an October 2010 video of Jessica speaking at TEDGlobal:
Elizabeth Griego serves as Vice President for Student Life at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Appointed in April 2006, she is charged with enhancing students’ educational experiences and working collaboratively with faculty and staff to build community, foster learning, and develop student leadership. She is also Professor of Education, teaching in the undergraduate general education Pacific Seminar courses and in the graduate program in higher education.
Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in Speech and Hearing Pathology and Audiology; her master’s from the Ohio State University in Student Personnel Work; and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in Higher Education Administration, where she was awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.
Elizabeth Griego has held various leadership positions in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), including president-elect, president, and she currently serves as past president. She has also served as the president of the California Association of Institutional Research.
She is an active researcher, consultant, and presenter at professional conferences. She has presented at over 60 professional conferences and gatherings and authored over a dozen journal articles and book chapters. Her scholarly interests include the practice of student affairs, assessment of learning, accreditation review, leadership development, and the history of professional women in the U.S. She consults actively with colleges and universities across the country on these and other issues.
Griego has served on several community boards of directors and committees. She was the producer of an original children’s opera and organized a fund raiser for the “Heal the Children” foundation to assist women acid burn victims in India. She also organized and staffed after school tutoring and mentoring programs in four Oakland Elementary Schools and served as Deacon for Piedmont Community Church.
Her awards and honors include leadership awards from NASPA Region VI and CAIR, the President’s Award from CAIR, and the outstanding service award from NASPA Region VI. At Samuel Merritt College she was given the outstanding employee Strommen-Dilleshaw award in 1991, Staff of the Year award in 1998, and the outstanding student leadership award was named in her honor in 2000.
Spencer Ton is the Assistant Director of the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific. In this role, he is responsible for the management of the Center’s student and sustainability initiatives which include the Ambassador Corps Fellowship Program, Integrated Development Group, Certificate Program in Social Entrepreneurship, and global development projects among many others.
Ton was previously a lecturer of English and International Relations at the College of Foreign Languages in Hue, Vietnam and has worked for a wide range of public organizations including the San Joaquin County Public Defender’s office and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Cabinet. He currently serves on the executive team for the Friends of Hue Foundation (FHF) in Hue, Vietnam, where he is working towards financing middle market enterprises as a model for sustainable development.
Currently, he is building a new joint venture and social enterprise, Saigon Laundry. Saigon Laundry is a for profit, east meets west luxury fashion house that addresses ethical production standards, human rights, and economic development in Vietnam. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in International Relations,Chinese, and Economics from the University of the Pacific’s School of International Studies.
Jacob Odhoch Okumu
Jacob is a Ph.D. Candidate in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where he serves as a Resident Director on campus. He has participated in service learning projects in Rwanda, Tanzania, the Republic of Tchad, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Honduras. Additionally, Okumu has worked as a clinical counselor with the United States Department of Defense at Fort Meade in Maryland. Recently, Jacob completed a two year appointment as a graduate associate for the US Department of Education College Adjustment TRIO Program at Ohio University where he served students who are traditionally under-represented in higher education. He earned his Master of Science degree in Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. Being born and raised in the city of Mombasa in the Republic of Kenya, Jacob’s native language is Dholuo, but he is comfortable speaking French, English, KiGiriama, and Kiswahili.