Rhea Rakshit has a background in economics and international development and an interest in empowering informal communities. Before coming to DSI, she worked for an urban microfinance institution (Swadhaar FinAcess) and an affordable housing finance company (Micro Housing Finance Corporation Ltd), both based in Mumbai. She believes that many of the most innovative solutions to the challenges faced by India’s urban poor are born out of the communities themselves and is enthusiastic about using communication design to enable low-income communities to tell their own stories and to challenge existing assumptions about urban poverty and informality. Rhea has lived and worked in New York, Madrid, London, and Mumbai. She loves to travel, sample local street food, and seek out fading art deco architectural styles in Mumbai’s rapidly changing urban landscape.