Rajasvini Bhansali is the Executive Director of Solidaire Network, a community of donor organizers mobilizing critical resources to the frontlines of social justice. She is a passionate advocate for participatory grassroots-led power building and a lifelong student of social movements. In her wide-ranging career devoted to racial, economic and climate justice, she has previously led an international public foundation that funds grassroots organizing in Asia, Africa and Latin America; grown a national youth development social enterprise; managed a public telecommunications infrastructure fund addressing the digital divide in the Southern United States; and worked as a community organizer, researcher, planner, policy analyst, and strategy consultant.
Born and raised in India, Rajasvini earned a Master’s in Public Affairs with a focus on telecommunications policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor′s in Astrophysics and Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities & Social Sciences from UC Berkeley. Vini also spent several years working in rural Kenya with community leaders, an experience she credits as having inspired her to work to transform philanthropy. To that end, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of Tides Advocacy, Swift Foundation and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). Vini teaches about solidarity and movement-building approaches to leadership through the University of Vermont’s Master’s in Leadership for Sustainability Program. She is also a published poet, essayist, popular educator, yoga instructor and leadership coach. When not engaged with community organizations, Rajasvini can be found nesting with her family in Richmond, CA.| Next