I'm a serial social entrepreneur looking into building clean energy markets in developing countries.
First, I started the EcoLife Store in Tamil Nadu, India which services 90,000 households in the Villupuram district through training rural women and self-help group leaders about solar lanterns, water filters, and other eco-friendly products that improve the livelihoods of village people.
EcoLife is run though the Auroville Village Action Group, which works on empowering rural people through microfinance, women co-ops, and social work.
"You have to be the change you see in the world."
It’s one of the most famous Ghandi quotes.
I am doing my best daily to try and be the change I see. I see a lot of things, from an athlete's perspective and as a philanthropist.
In 2007 I graduated college. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do - all I knew is that I didn’t want to start a 9 -5 immediately.
So I worked 100 hours a week for three months and used that money to buy a one way ticket to Argentina.
I thought I would travel for a few months and then go home to start my “real life”. Instead, I found a whole new real life.
I have a passion to serve the poor. This passion has led me to the inner-city, where I lived in a condemned house and worked with neighborhood prostitutes.
It has led me to youth shelters, where teenagers believed that selling drugs was their only option.
It has led me to the homeless in New York City, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis.
I co-founded CreateHere, an innovative non-profit based in Chattanooga, TN, in 2007 and have served since its inception as co-president and creative strategist.
Under the combined leadership of myself and co-president, CreateHere has strategically focused on utilizing creativity and innovation as tools to spur local development in arts, economy and culture.
CreateHere works to animate and inspire Chattanooga’s people by promoting “big picture” vision.