Parent Profile - Jessica Jackley


In June, we marveled at the way Jessica Jackley turned her story around. After being asked to leave the TEDWomen conference because her nursing infant was with her, she chose to shine a light on TED's immediate effort to make the situation right and made an impassioned call to action, asking us all to think about how we can make work/life balance a reality.

Today, Jessica shares more about herself in this inspiring (and funny!) parent profile.  

My name is

Jessica Jackley

I live in


My autobiography in less than 50 words

Social entrepreneur focused on sharing economy, financial inclusion, social justice. Mama of 3 boys <4yrs. Wife to writer Reza Aslan. Author, CLAY WATER BRICK. Cofounder, Kiva. Investor, Collaborative Fund. Member, CFRYGL. Director, Habitat for Humanity. MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business. BA, Bucknell University. Citizen, Los Angeles!

My family is made up of

Reza Aslan, my husband. Cyrus and Jaspar, 3-yr old twins. Asa, 7-month old butterball.

The thing I wish someone had told me about parenting before I had kids 

I don't believe it's possible to "have it all" - not as a parent, but also not in any other season of life either. But you can happily have so, so much - more than you could have ever imagined - if you know what you want, know what you don't need, and get good at saying "no."

Kids say the darndest things.  One of the best things that ever came out of my child's mouth was

Just last week my son Jaspar said, "Hey mama. So, what is that other letter, 'and'? You know the one in the ABC song that comes right before Z. You never showed me that."

The best Halloween costume I ever wore was 

For some reason I had a burning desire to be a tube of Aquafresh toothpaste. Bucket w corrugated cardboard on my head as the cap, and basically a big piece of fabric wrapped around my body (w the logo of course) in this cylinder shape. I think I was 11 or 12. I mean, I was really, really cool back then.

The next chapters of my autobiography will read 

Hmmm. Hard to say. But there'll be a chapter on "The Art of Being a Human Jungle Gym" (remember, 3 boys). (THREE. BOYS.)


Jessica's website is Follow her on Twitter.


The Twigtale Twelve - Jessica Jackley was originally published on August 11, 2015. Modifications to style, arrangement, and linked sources were made on January 8, 2016.