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 social change and 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 works 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 U.S.; 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 technology and 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 University of California, Berkeley.
Vini also spent several years working in rural Kenya with community leaders, an experience she credits as having inspired her to work with other leaders to transform philanthropy. To that end, she currently serves on the boards of Tides Advocacy, Swift Foundation and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.
Vini is also a published poet, essayist, popular educator, executive coach and leadership trainer. When not engaged with community organizations, Rajasvini can be found nesting with her family in Richmond, California.