Naomi Baer

Practitioner in Residence,
Center for Social Innovation, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Naomi Baer is as an advisor to social impact organizations, specializing in building organizational effectiveness for scale. She currently serves as a practitioner in residence at the Center for Social Innovation, Stanford Graduate School of Business.

As an independent advisor, she develops solutions for social impact organizations at pivotal stages of growth. With over a decade of hands-on experience in social sector executive roles, she partners with organizations to identify key barriers to growth and impact at scale, sequence internal investments, and equip leadership teams with tools to advance to the next stage.

An early employee and member of the executive team at Kiva, she led Kiva’s Global Partner Operations, building capacity for rapid growth and scale-up across 70 countries, over 180 Field Partners, and $120M of annual lending. She brings a global perspective to her work with social ventures, drawing from her experience managing teams on five continents and building programs in partnership with microfinance institutions and social enterprises in over 70 countries worldwide.

She has also served as COO at Net Impact, where she led organizational effectiveness and program strategy, mobilizing a global network of over 80,000 students and professionals to drive transformational social and environmental change.

A founding board member, Baer actively advises on strategic challenges at myAgro, a Skoll Award recipient moving smallholder farmers out of poverty in sub-saharan Africa by enabling them to invest in their own farms with an innovative mobile layaway model.

She is a graduate of Brown University and currently lives in Oakland, California.