Los Angeles, California
Aslan Media Initiatives
Nonprofit online media organization
The mission of Aslan Media Initiatives is to inform, education, and engage the public on political, religious, and cultural issues related to the Greater Middle East and its Diaspora Communities worldwide.
To accomplish this mission, Aslan Media Initiatives coordinates and disseminates news and information through new media and social media outlets, as well as produce original content that educates while meeting high standards or journalistic integrity and maintaining cultural context.
Additionally, the organization works at the community level to promote dialogue and understanding on interfaith and intercultural issues.
Social media, digital media, and other technologies used to engage, inform, and educate the North American and European public on issues related to the Greater Middle East, its population, and its Diaspora communities.
Co-Founder of Kiva and Profounder
Prior to ProFounder, Jessica cofounded and served as CMO of Kiva, the world's first peer-to-peer microlending platform. Since its launch in 2005, Kiva has facilitated over $200M in loans, connecting lenders and entrepreneurs in 209 countries.
Jessica is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a 2011 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and serves as an active board member on several organizations including Opportunity International, the International Museum of Women, and Allowance for Good. Currently a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, Jessica has also taught Global Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at USC.
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.
Social entrepreneurship, micro-philanthropy, microfinance, women in business
Jessica is a trained yoga instructor, avid surfer, and believes in never checking luggage at the airport. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, author Reza Aslan and their twins.