The Team

Babita Patel

Founder & Executive Director
As a Humanitarian Photographer working with nonprofits, NGOs & social enterprises, Babita has documented the lack of access to clean drinking water in the slums of Haiti, photographed men in maximum-security prisons who found redemption through education & followed a ballet dancer-turned-US Marine around for the day. Her work has been exhibited across the world. She founded KIOO Project with the belief that gaining self-confidence through the arts can change the trajection of a child’s life. If you want to work with KIOO, put #PictureEquality in the subject line to show you did your homework.

Jasmine Sudarkasa

Development Consultant
Jasmine is a career specialist in the field of girls’ empowerment, having spent the beginning of her career as a national trainer for Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS), New York’s largest service provider for commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked girls & young women. She now serves as a development & strategic change consultant, working to provide new alternatives to agencies seeking holistic & sustainable funding models without the requisite mission shift & drift that often accompany them. Jasmine received her B.A. with a double major in Political Science & Comparative Ethnic Studies from Columbia University.


The Board

Lori Mazzola

Board President



Michele Monteforte

Board Treasurer
Throughout her career as an designer and creative director, Michele has specialized in harnessing the stories of real people to raise awareness and drive action. From her work in education, to healthcare, to not-for-profits, Michele’s campaigns have turned personal narratives into real-world results.


Aisha Bain

Board Member
Aisha is a social justice activist, radical feminist, with extensive experience managing and partnering with organizations responding to violence against women and girls in prevention, service provision, advocacy, and policy change in more than a dozen countries. As a filmmaker, artist and author, Aisha has a particular passion for using creative and dynamic approaches to further social justice movements, and to raise the voice and visibility of women and girls within those movements. She is the co-founder of Vision Not Victim. Spanning five continents, Aisha has danced with almost every community she has worked with.