Kiran Jain is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Oakland. She has experience in both the public and private sectors working on urban innovation and community development. Ms. Jain served as Chief Strategy Officer for Neighborly, a venture-backed company modernizing public finance to build the infrastructure people rely on to work, live, and play. Prior to Neighborly, Kiran served as a senior deputy city attorney for the City of Oakland focused on land use, urban redevelopment and municipal governance. In private practice, Kiran focused on land use, environmental, finance and real estate law.
From 2010 through 2013, Kiran served on the board of Asian Law Caucus, the nation’s first legal and civil rights organization serving low-income Asian Pacific American communities. Kiran also served as the founding attorney for Kiva, a nonprofit microfinance platform with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. She also pioneered the partnership between Kiva Zip and the City of Oakland to crowdfund local economic development. Prior to law school, Kiran worked at the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn, Germany.
Kiran has an A.B. in economics and minor in environmental science from Barnard College, a Master’s Degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University.