Co-Founder & CEO, Anchal Project & dyeScape
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 & CEO 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). During her time in graduate school, she initiated the founding of Anchal with three fellow classmates after a trip to India. Anchal's mission is to address the exploitation of women around the by using design thinking to create employment opportunities, products, and services that support economic empowerment. Four years later, Anchal has offered over 100 commercial sex workers alternative careers in textile design. In 2013, Colleen was named one of Public Interest Design's Top Global 100 designers. She was recently announced as a winner of Louisville's LOTS of Possibility Competition for dyeScape, a network of small-scale gardens in West Louisville that support the cultivation of dye plants for natural textile production.