Bio

Anjali is an independent artist and designer, and a marketing, communications and community engagement professional working for mission-driven organizations. Click here for a work-related CV, at lab.anjalideshmukh.com

SOCIAL SECTOR PROFESSIONAL

In her work in the social sector, she currently serves as Vice President of Knowledge & Communications at Mission Investors Exchange. Previously, she was Director of Communications for JUST Capital, a nonprofit that measures how US corporations perform on the issues that matter most to the American public; and Director of Knowledge & Communications for Nonprofit Finance Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the way money is given and used to achieve social impact. She was also an Americorps Vista Volunteer at the Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance and has worked as a writer for leading museums and performing arts centers nationwide.

ARTIST AND ANALOGUE GAME DESIGNER

Anjali holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and is a Fulbright Scholar in Fine Arts. She was named an Award Finalist (and 2nd Place winner) for SXSW Eco’s 2016 Place By Design Competition and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015 for a work of fiction written in collaboration with Purvi Shah.

Recent accomplishments include a commissioning grant for public art from the Queens Council on the Arts, resulting in a participatory installation on the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, and installations at the Brooklyn Museum, Dumbo Arts Festival, Gallery Gitanjali in Goa, India, and the Digital Games Research Association.

 

EDUCATION

Fulbright Grant

Fine Arts. India, 2005. Created artwork & participated in gallery exhibitions, panels, lectures, and community activities.

Rhode Island School of Design

Masters of Fine Arts, Painting. 2003-2005. Teaching Certificate I (Emphasis On Collegiate Teaching), Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University.

Amherst College

Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in English & Fine Arts. 1997-2001. Graduated summa cum laude.

Work

Mission Investors Exchange

Vice President, Knowledge & Communications. Present. Mission Investors Exchange is the leading network of foundations engaged in building the field of impact investing.

Various

Consultant, Open Society Foundations, Asian American Arts Alliance, Nonprofit Finance Fund, and others. 2017. Served as a consultant in communications, website design, research writing, survey and workshop development, and more.

JUST Capital

Director, Public Engagement/Communications. 2016. JUST Capital (justcapital.com) is a nonprofit that measures how the largest publicly traded companies in the US perform on the things that matter most to the American public.

Nonprofit Finance Fund

Director, Knowledge & Communications. 2008-2015. (Promoted: Sr. Associate, to Mgr., to Assoc. Dir., to Dir. NFF (nff.org) is a nonprofit community development bank and consultant dedicated to improving how money is given and used to achieve social impact. 

LaPlaca Cohen

Copywriter. 2007. An advertising and marketing firm for leading US cultural institutions, including The Met, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and more.

Rhode Island School of Design

Instructor of Record and Writing Tutor (Writing Center); Instructor of Record and Teaching Assistant (Painting Department). 2003-2005.

Executive Media Corporation

Journalist/Staff Writer. 2003. Business/Trade Magazines.

Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance

Americorps Vista Volunteer. 2002. A coalition of housing and shelter organizations addressing systemic challenges and policy at the state level.

 

Honors

Fulbright Board

Board, Greater NY Fulbright Alumni Association.

Lectures / Presentations

Games for Change Festival: Presenter on measuring impact in games
Nonprofit Finance Fund: Webinars on Nonprofit Trends (Annual Survey Findings)
Fulbright Sponsored Panel: Quantifying the Impact of the Arts
Panel discussions and/or lectures sponsored by organizations including the Asian American Studies Institute, Chennai Museum (India), India Habitat Center (India).

Exhibitions (sample)

  • Propelify Innovation Festival: Public participatory Installation featured on the Hoboken Piers. 2017.
  • LMCC Studio. Public participatory installation in collaboration with poet Purvi Shah. 2017.
  • The Future of Arts & Culture in NYC: Visual interaction to inform NYC Cultural Plan, with the Asian American Arts Alliance. 2017.
  • Ars Continuum, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery (NY).2016.
  • Bending the Universe, Public Installation, Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm.2 2015.
  • Water, Gallery Gitanjali, Goa (India). 2015.
  • Random Generators, Dumbo Arts Festival (NY). 2014.
  • Blank Arcade. Digital Games Research Conference Exhibition (Snowbird, UT). 2014.
  • Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturday (NY). SAWCC group show: “Sublime.” 2014.
  • Dumbo Art Festival (NY). SAWCC group show. 2013.
  • Gallery Espace (New Delhi, India). Group show. 2012.
  • Erasing Borders. Queens Museum (NY), Hammond Museum (CT), Flushing Town Hall.
  • Transcendence of Self to Absolute. Akus Gallery (CT). Curator Neeta Omprakash.
  • Radiate. Windsor Art Gallery (Windsor, CT), Gallery 400 (Chicago, IL). Curator Kathryn Meyers.
  • Can You See Me? Engendered Gallery (New Delhi, India). Curator Myna Mukherjee.
  • Erasing Borders. Queens Museum/ Asian Contemporary Art Week (NY), Charles B. Wang Center, SUNY (NY), Aicon Gallery (NY), Jorgenson Gallery (CT). Curator Vijay Kumar, Indo-American Arts Council.
  • Art4Barter. Tamarind Art Gallery, Tria Gallery (NY), 12 Gates Gallery (PA). Featured in BBC News, WNYC Radio.
  • Erasing Borders. Queens Museum of Art (NY), Elizabeth Foundation Project Space (NY); Dowd Fine Art Gallery (NY); Asian Contemporary Art Week/Crossing Art (NY); Gallery at Penn College (PA). Curated by Vijay Kumar, IAAC.
  • Where You Want to Be. Solo show, Higher Bridges Gallery. Fermanagh, Ireland.
  • Finite in/finite. 3-person, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery. SUNY Westbury, NY.
  • Solo exhibiton, Habitat Center. Delhi, India.
  • Art Internationalism, sponsored by Hindustan Times and Elle (India). Delhi, India.

Awards/Citations

  • SXSW ECO Place by Design Award Finalist, 2nd Place winner (2016)
  • Pushcart Prize Nominee for collaborative short fiction (2015)
  • Queens Council on the Arts Commissioing Grant for public Art (2015)
  • By-lines in Chronicle of Philanthropy, Philanthropy NorthWest Blog, JUST Matters; mentions in articles by art historian Joyce Brodsky and in media including the Times of India and Asian Age.