colleen clines, co-founder + executive director
Colleen truly values how design can become the tool for sustainable solutions to gender inequality, social injustice and environmental degradation. She combines this passion through her work as Co-Founder & Executive Director of Anchal. A Louisville native with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky, Colleen earned her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Outside of Anchal, Colleen enjoys teaching at the University of Kentucky and any opportunity to travel.
maggie clines, visual communications designer
Maggie holds a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Kentucky College of Design. She shares Anchal’s beliefs that design can be the catalyst for social innovation, and education is the first step to ending modern-day slavery. Apart from working for Anchal, Maggie enjoys traveling and a tasty cup of joe.
tess o’keefe, communications & development assistant
Tess graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies. Focusing on International Relations and Asian Studies, Tess has lived in both Hawaii and Japan and spent significant time in China and Southeast Asia blogging and conducting field research. She loves experiencing new places, learning what people are about, and using her writing/photography to share people’s stories.
emily browning, administrative & communications assistant
Emily holds a B.A. in International Studies, focusing on International Relations and Human Rights, and an Art Studio minor from the University of Kentucky. As a freelance designer and passionate human rights advocate, it was the intersection of activism and design which ultimately led her to Anchal. Outside of Anchal she loves traveling, a good cup of coffee, and has a strange obsession with drawing on maps.
jaimala gupta, vatsalya co-founder
Jaimala is co-founder and Trustee Secretary of Vatsalya an NGO established for the rehabilitation of Street Children in Jaipur. She has done post graduation in food and nutrition and Master in Public health from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. She is Professional member of Indian Society of Applied Behaviour Sciences. She worked at the Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur for 12 years (1988 to 2000) in different capacities She is visionary, mentor and guide to all in Vatsalya and has been closely working with orphan and abandoned children.
urmi basu, new light founder
Urmi is the founder of New Light, a secular nonprofit charitable trust that has set up a shelter to protect and educate young girls, children and women at high risk of commercial sexual exploitation. She credits her parents with raising her with a great deal of freedom and a strong sense of her own social responsibility. After finishing her graduate work in sociology, Basu studied social work, specializing in criminology and correctional administration. Urmi used her own savings to found New Light in 2000.
archana paras, vatsalya / anchal project director
Archana facilitates and oversees the production of Anchal products in Ajmer & Jaipur, India. Whether she is sourcing material, managing the production schedule or ensuring each artisan reaches her full potential, Archana never misses a beat.