Kiva’s CEO Stepping Down

Kiva CEO Chris Tsakalakis announced his resignation

A message from Chris

Dear Kiva community,

After much reflection, I’ve made the difficult decision to step down as Kiva’s CEO.

With my departure, Kiva’s Board of Directors will immediately begin a search for the next leader and will implement a transitional leadership plan so that Kiva can continue its mission-driven work to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive.

Wrestling with these types of decisions is never easy, but I’m confident that this is the right step not only for me, but for this incredible organization. I continue to be a strong believer in Kiva’s mission and look forward to supporting it through my personal commitment as a lender and donor.

I have learned so much during my time here, and I am grateful to the board, the Executive Leadership Team, Kiva’s incredible employees, and to all of you for giving me the opportunity to lead this organization. Thank you to everyone in the Kiva community – lenders, partners, volunteers, donors, investors, and staff – for supporting our mission. 

Kiva is a resilient organization with a rich 17 year history and I look forward to seeing its ever increasing impact around the world.



CEO Transition: A message from Kiva’s Board of Directors

Kiva’s Board of Directors would like to thank Chris for the commitment of his service and unwavering belief in Kiva’s mission, especially against the relentless headwinds of a global pandemic. 

As we say goodbye to Chris, let us also celebrate all that the Kiva Community of Lenders, together with Kivans and Chris, achieved during his tenure. 2021 was Kiva’s biggest year of impact with 550,000 entrepreneur borrowers across more than 60 countries receiving over $223 million worth of loans. 

We are also grateful for the capable leadership hands in which Chris leaves Kiva. Through the appointments of Liz Ray (Chief Financial Officer), Annette Promes (Chief Marketing Officer), Don Carter (Executive VP of People & Places), Molly Siemers (VP of Marketplace Product), and Sin-Mei Tsai (interim CTO), Chris broadened and deepened our leadership bench, while making meaningful strides in expanding diversity and representation. 

As Chris leaves his role as Kiva’s CEO, the Board, in partnership with the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), will work to ensure leadership continuity so that Kiva’s important work and impact continues unimpeded. A CEO search is being initiated and interim leadership will be announced shortly. 

Like every organization in the world, Kiva has experienced its share of change in recent years. Guided by the steadiness of its enduring mission, Kiva has proven itself to be adaptive, time and again. At its core, Kiva’s fortitude lies in the strength of its collective power – the fiercely committed community of staff, volunteers, lenders, partners, and investors who have come together to enable over $1.7B in loans to reach nearly 4.5 million underserved people across the world. We are perennially grateful for all you do to make Kiva’s mission a reality. 

With gratitude and in service, 

Kiva’s Board of Directors

Julie Hanna, Kiva Executive Chair

Silvija Martincevic

Andre Haddad

Maya Chorengel

Reid Hoffman

John Muller