Our Story

Colorful Minds is sparking a powerful movement to improve the well-being, self-satisfaction, empowerment and independence of creative young people living with disabilities, by bringing their artistic creations to a global market. Read more and discover how you can be a part of this empowering movement, how it started and what’s next.

Our Mission

The mission of Colorful Minds is to strengthen the lives of people living with physical and/or cognitive disabilities through art, entrepreneurship, partnerships and community.

Colorful Minds provides a unique platform to share and sell their work to create hope and healing, with the goal of providing sustainable work for these individuals. This allows the artists to seek financial independence while bolstering their self-esteem.

We are unique in that we seek to bridge vocational training centers, artists, and other community based groups around the world for communities that are interested in purchasing their beautiful artwork. Colorful Minds aims to bridge this gap by connecting disabled individuals to retail markets around the world.

Our Team

Shachi Doshi is very passionate about improving access to health care for underserved communities. She has over 12 years of experience in consulting numerous NGOs, foundations, hospitals, and Fortune 500 companies in defining their health care strategy and measuring the social and financial impact of health-related programs.
Today, she works at Genentech as a Senior Manager focused on leading market research and forecasting efforts for stakeholders that help patients access the medicines they need. Shachi earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan (concentration in Global Health).
Shachi loves using creativity and community to identify solutions to our world's public health problems. Her vision for Colorful Minds is to bring more happiness and self-empowerment into the lives of persons living with disabilities and motivate as many communities as possible to be agents of meaningful change.


ALEN AMINI, Executive Director
Alen Amini is excited to be the Executive Direct for Colorful Minds. Although not an artist himself, he has a strong affinity for the arts and is excited by the opportunity to allow others a forum to be able to share their art with others. Alen hopes to work with the Colorful Minds team to allow artists the opportunity to showcase their talents and to allow them to share their art with buyers and sponsors. Having recently finished his graduate studies, he is excited about starting a new chapter as a management consultant focused on helping create social impact.

Advisory Board

Chandrika Rao is a public health professional who has over fifteen years of experience in enhancing the quality of various government, non-profits and social enterprise organizations in the United States and in India. Today, she works as a Senior Research Analyst for Applied Survey Research. Her current focus is to improve Kindergarten Readiness in children 0-5 years of age and STEM readiness in high school children. Chandrika holds a Masters in Health Sciences from Boise State University, Idaho and in Psycho Social Rehabilitation from Bangalore University, India.
She feels very passionate to dedicate her time to Colorful Minds. Life is about providing equal opportunities to every person and she is committed to helping advance opportunities for individuals living with disabilities.

Graduating with a degree in Biology from Cornell University, Laurel Collier started her young career with Exergen Corp, a leading designer and manufacturer of infrared heat sensing devices used in Industrial and medical applications. This early career focus set Laurel down a path working in the field of Industrial Automation, where she developed as an operational executive for Automation Controls, a leading west coast provider of factory automation solutions. After 14 years as a COO for Automation Controls, Laurel shifted focus to consumer goods, providing operational leadership for 2 iconic bay area chocolate companies, TCHO and Recchuitti, as well as serving as the COO for Public Bikes, a trendy San Francisco-based boutique bicycle and gear company. Currently, Laurel has transitioned into the tech industry, now working for Rinse, a technology enabled dry-cleaning and laundry service.