Liezl Van Riper
Director of Development, East CoastKiva
Liezl Van Riper is a partnership development professional with 15 years’ experience with award-winning international non-profits and social enterprises. She serves as Kiva's Director of Business Development, and is responsible for creating and expanding innovative fundraising and loan-raising partnerships with foundations, corporations and individuals. An important focus of her role is expanding Kiva Zip across the U.S., a pilot program launched by Kiva.org to drive innovations in person-to-person lending. Zip provides 0% interest loans up to $5K-$10K for small businesses and entrepreneurs who are financially excluded and underserved. These loans are ‘crowd-funded’ by individual lenders on the Kiva Zip website, connecting entrepreneurs with dozens of lenders who can be potential brand ambassadors and customers to their business. Prior to Kiva, Liezl was the Director of Development for KickStart, a social enterprise NGO that enables smallholder farmers in sub Saharan Africa to significantly increase income through sustainable irrigation. She was also the Director of Corporate & Strategic Initiatives at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), where she established their Corporate Partnerships program with a focus on the pharmaceutical sector. Liezl lives in New York City, hails from Southern California and graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine.