May 15, 2009
By Chelsa Bocci
Kiva is a TiE50 Winner!
Kiva has been selected as one of the hottest startups of 2009 and will be honored as a TiE50 winner! The competition was fierce with nearly 1,200 highly qualified companies nominated and only ten from each of the five focus segments were selected as winners. Thanks to your votes, Kiva was judged to be an exceptional emerging startup in the Consumer Web focus segment. Thank YOU for helping us get there! 
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Chelsa has been with Kiva from the beginning and was responsible for establishing Kiva's Microfinance Partnerships program where she managed a great deal of relationships with Kiva's Field Partners, primarily in Africa, and oversaw Kiva's Microfinance Operations programs; Inventory Management and Kiva's expansive Fellows Program. Chelsa is currently responsible for growing and further engaging Kiva's community through three channels: Kiva Lending Teams, Social Networks, and Events. Prior to Kiva, Chelsa was a Corporate Recruiter and Immigration Specialist with Barclays Global Investors. She returned to the U.S. following a period of extensive world travel and work abroad; including Social Work with HIV-positive children in South Africa and tsunami relief efforts in Thailand and Indonesia. Chelsa received her B.S. in Psychology from Santa Clara University, and has completed certifications in Social Performance Management, Framework for Reporting/Analysis/Monitoring/ Evaluation (FRAME), Behavioral Interviewing/Talent Selection, Risk Management Strategies, and Human Resources Management.

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