The Team

Babita Patel

Executive Director / Founder / Board Member
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. 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.

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.