Our Team

Theresa VanderMeer

A tech-loving social entrepreneur, Theresa identifies deeply with the Horace Mann quote “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” As a University of Michigan-funded researcher, she worked to understand how economic empowerment transforms women’s lives. When not in the entrepreneur hustle, T can be found exercising her champion sleeping abilities at less-than-ideal places like Burning Man + compulsively reading The New York Times, including her favorite column “Modern Love.”

Ritu Marwai

From managing Quality Control to leading our fabulous ladies in computer training, Ritu is always on top of her game. She proudly holds a degree in Fashion Design, has 12 years of working experience + her amazing work speaks for itself! When not at W+S, she can be found trying her hand at new stitching techniques or spending quality time with her adorable daughter Rudhrakshi.

Shivani Goel

As Senior Merchandiser at New Delhi’s second largest garment export house for 8 years, Shivani is well known for her unbelievable management skills and irresistibly pleasant personality. When she’s not busy running our New Delhi operations, this sweet mama is probably out shopping + chasing her adorable troublemaking son Sahanjh.

Amanda Dye

As a former Offshore Operations Specialist with Publicis + having run her own Spanish translation business for 10 years, working internationally and cross-culturally is Amanda’s cup of chai. When she isn’t number crunching, invoicing, and tracking cash flow for Work + Shelter, Amanda loves dancing.

Allyson Dykhuizen

Allyson Dykhuizen is a knitwear designer and knitting teacher living in Chicago. When she’s not managing sales for WORK+SHELTER she’s knitting and sewing up a storm in order to make her wardrobe 100% handmade.

Nitu Choudhary

Nitu is an Ex-Engineer turned artist, a.k.a amateur writing enthusiast! She has obsessions for Landon Carter, over-sized outfits, journals and jhumkas. If not busy strategizing a new W+S Project/Tracker, she may be caught decorating walls with crazy stuff or working for social causes…+ she won’t shut up about her best friend Kamna Negi.

Britani Hutchinson

Brit is a Designer-Seamstress + English Teacher from Chicago gone Globe-trotter. When not marketing + freelancing from the nearest cafe, you can find her volunteering + cartwheeling wherever she is in the world.

Tuna VanderMeer

Our main source of inspiration + style icon, Tuna is responsible for all the positivity we maintain at W+S. When not working to keep spirits high, she can be found lounging + enjoying the side of milk with our chai.