Eileen Mockus | President + CEO
Growing up in a household where her mother and five sisters all sewed, Eileen Mockus has been passionate about textiles as long as she can remember. Eileen pursued a bachelor of science in textile and clothing from the University of California, Davis, and a master of science in business administration, with an emphasis on small business and entrepreneurship, from San Francisco State University. Eileen learned about entrepreneurship first-hand while developing new products for the North Face, and 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 who make them, as well as to the earth, drew her to Coyuchi and helps guide her vision for the company as we grow. Eileen is the board chair of the Chetna Coalition which is an ethical textile and fashion value chain community with the goal to organize and align the demand of buyers and manufacturers to support the growth and development of Chetna’s Organic farming community. Eileen represents Coyuchi on the Fiber Council for the Organic Trade Organization and is an active member of the Textile Exchange.
Sejal Solanki | VP of E-commerce + Marketing
Sejal Solanki is a digital executive with 16+ years experience driving e-commerce growth through digital experience, technology innovation, marketing and strategy. Sejal credits her unique point-of-view and ability to manage diverse employees and vendors to the many countries she lived in, such as the UK and Africa. Sejal has expertise in building and leading teams across all functions of e-commerce for companies ranging from global to founder-led. An expert in web, mobile & APP strategies, product development, analytics, and user experience, she is enthusiastic about the evolving world of tech and adapting it to drive Coyuchi forward. Sejal was drawn to Coyuchi because of her passion for sustainability and loves being able to walk to the Coyuchi office everyday. When she's not enjoying the commute to work she loves hiking with her dog and continuing to explore new countries.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kevin R. Brine | Board Member
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, Finance in America: An Unfinished Story, co-authored with Mary Poovey, is scheduled to be published by University of Chicago Press this November.
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 has had a lifelong interest in environmental issues – a passion that inspired him to pursue a BA in environmental science from Occidental College, positions in the environment and energy consulting groups at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and Dyncorp-Meridian and an internship in Vice President Al Gore's White House Office on Environmental Policy. Ranjeet earned an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business, as well as an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He 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. Today he is co-founder and managing director at Saffron Hill Ventures, a London-based venture capital firm with a focus on cleantech, among other cutting-edge sectors. He currently serves on the Board of Agilyx, Image Metrics, Faceware Technologies, and Optasia Medical.
Steven Alan | Board Member
Fashion pioneer Steve Alan knows the power of good design and the limitless potential of textiles. He opened his first retail store in 1994 in New York, stocking the shelves and racks with pieces from an eclectic group of emerging designers, and quickly became known for his keen eye and his subversive take on classics. In 1999, he launched the Steven Alan Collection, his own line of casual wardrobe essentials, winning legions of loyal followers for his modern twists on quintessentially American style. Since then, he has assembled a mini fashion empire, with eponymous stores across the US, a showroom that represents 20 apparel and accessories designers and his collection sold in more than 300 stores worldwide. As a board member since 2013, Steven brings his love of textiles and his formidable retail expertise to bear for Coyuchi.