Rajasvini Bhansali, Thousand Currents Executive Director
Rajasvini (Vini) has served as Thousand Current’s (formerly IDEX) Executive Director since 2010. Working with grantee partners and social movements in South Africa inspired Vini to step into the Executive Director position when it opened up. Vini is a passionate advocate for participatory grassroots-led social change and movement building and finds that Thousand Current’s approach to partnership truly reflects her life’s work. In a wide-ranging career devoted to social and economic justice, she has led a national social enterprise, managed a public telecommunications infrastructure fund addressing digital divide issues and worked as a researcher, planner, policy analyst and strategy consultant. Vini also worked alongside community leaders as a capacity builder for youth polytechnics in rural Kenya for over two years. Born and raised in India, Vini earned a Master′s in Public Affairs (MPA) with a focus on technology and telecommunications policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor′s degrees in Astrophysics and Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley. Vini has been involved in community organizing and volunteer board roles for the last two decades. She currently serves on the board of Greenpeace USA, a leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems; Voice of Witness, an organization that works to illuminate human rights injustices through oral history projects; and the Rockwood Leadership Institute, an important provider of transformative leadership trainings for social change nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. She is active on the international planning committee for the Association of Women in Development (AWID) forum and involved with various philanthropic collaborations including Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN), International Agroecology Fund, International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG), Engaged Donors for Global Equity (EDGE) and Africa Responds.