Board of Directors

Kevin R. Brine | Chairman of the Board

Kevin R Brine, a father, writer and independent scholar, discovered his passion for the organic farming movement in the early 1970s when he ran a bio-dynamic farm in upstate New York. Trained in soil science at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Agriculture, he worked as a soil analyst at the UW Soil and Plant Analysis Lab before joining Wall Street in the late 1970s where he served on the Board of Sanford C Bernstein & Co, Inc. from 1985 to 2000.  Mr. Brine has served as trustee of New York University, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Spence School and The World Monument Fund; in addition, Mr. Brine co-founded the Children’s Pediatric AIDS Foundation at New York Hospital and served as a Public Overseer of Weill Cornell Medical College. Mr. Brine holds a BA from University of Wisconsin, Madison, an MA in English and American Literature from New York University and a MBA from the Stern School of Business, NYU. With his wife, Jessica E Smith, Mr. Brine co-founded Artemis IV, LLC, The Fund for Sustainable Agriculture and the Jessica E Smith and Kevin R Brine Charitable Fund.  His most recent book, Models of Finance, co-authored with Mary Poovey, is scheduled to be published in 2016 by University of Chicago Press. 

 

Jessica Smith | Board Member

Jessica Smith is a mother, artist, and philanthropist.   Like many mothers, her commitment to organic cotton and sustainable agriculture began with the birth of her first child. A supporter of healthy-living choices, Ms. Smith advocates organic and sustainably -grown home products for their value, beauty, and responsibility to the environment and the artisans who created them. Ms. Smith, a graduate of Swarthmore College, studied painting at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Chautauqua Institution, The Art Students League and The   New York Studio School, where, she later served as Program Director.  With her husband Kevin R Brine, Ms. Smith co-founded Artemis IV, LLC, The Fund For Sustainable Agriculture and the Jessica E Smith and Kevin R Brine Charitable Fund.  Ms. Smith lives with her husband, Kevin R Brine, and her three boys in Santa Barbara, California and New York City, where she serves on the board of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).                

 

Ranjeet Bhatia  |  Board Member 

Ranjeet Bhatia is co-founder and managing director at Saffron Hill Ventures. Prior to Saffron Hill Ventures, Ranjeet worked as Advisor to the Chairman of Loot Ltd. where he advised on e-commerce strategy and investment and in a venture capital capacity for Lord Rothschild, evaluating technology venture opportunities. While at Loot he worked closely with business partners and financiers to structure Loot's strategic and financial requirements in preparation for sale. Ranjeet has had a long term interest in environmental technology and policy, and worked in the environment and energy consulting groups at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and Dyncorp-Meridian, and as an intern in Vice President Al Gore's White House Office on Environmental Policy.

Ranjeet earned an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business, an MA. in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA. in Environmental Science from Occidental College. 

 

Steven Alan  |  Board Member 

Having spent the past 18 years creating a mini fashion world based on his subversive take on classics, it's clear that Steven Alan has quietly emerged an uncommon fashion pioneer. Upon opening his first retail store in 1994, Steven sold pieces from an eclectic group of emerging designers, becoming known for his keen eye. Building on his reputation for scouting the most intriguing young designers, the Steven Alan Showroom opened in 1996. Steven's knack for the modern reinterpretation of classics garnered him an impressive roster of designers on the rise, and the Showroom now represents 20 designers of clothing, handbags and other accessories.

The launch of Steven Alan's first collection in 1999, including his now-signature Reverse Seam Shirt, created a loyal following for Steven's unique brand of casual, smart, self-assured essentials for both men and women. Steven now sells his collections at over ten eponymous stores in the US. The Steven Alan Collection also reaches a global audience, and is now sold in over 300 stores worldwide.

 

Eileen Mockus  |  Board Member 

Eileen Mockus brings to Coyuchi her vast practical, technical and entrepreneurial experience in the international textile and sewn products industry. Having grown up in a household where her mother and five sisters all sewed, she has been passionate about textiles for as long as she can remember. Eileen pursued a bachelor of science in textile and clothing from the University of California, Davis, where she graduated with college and department honors. Subsequently, she earned a master of science in business administration, with an emphasis on small business and entrepreneurship, from San Francisco State University.

After completing her studies, Eileen learned about entrepreneurship first-hand while developing new products for the North Face. Later she honed her business development and branding skills at Pottery Barn Kids and PB Teen. At these and other iconic brands, such as Patagonia, she made use of her deep knowledge of the technical side of the textile business, working in fabric development, materials testing, product development and sourcing.

She first became interested in organic cotton and improved processing for textiles while visiting manufacturing facilities in Europe and Asia. The challenge of making high-quality products in a way that is respectful to the people that make them and to the earth drew her to Coyuchi and helps guide her vision for the company as we grow.