Sari Bari USA has come through an exciting season of change in 2018. In May, we moved the Sari Bari USA office to Fort Wayne, IN. We not only have more warehouse space, we now have a retail storefront where we can engage the local community. With the move to Fort Wayne, we also have brought on a great team of staff to provide support in fulfillment, sales, and marketing; to better support the ongoing work of freedom in Kolkata, India.
One of the most exciting new additions this summer was David Grant, the new Executive Director for Sari Bari USA, Inc. David joined the Sari Bari team in August of 2018, and has been giving himself to listening and learning as he seeks to uphold the cause of freedom for the many women and their families that Sari Bari USA supports through programming support and sales of goods.
We wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know David a little better, so in his own words:
"My wife, Marah and I love what Sari Bari does and believe in the opportunity each individual has to change the world of another with love; expressed through practical, daily decisions to respect, believe, hope, choose, and work for a better life. As a result, we have a house full of products made by valuable, skilled hands from India. We are happy knowing, as Marah has supported Sari Bari with her photography for both the 2014 Quilt Auction and the recent 2018 Sari Bari Fall Winter Collection product shoot, she has contributed to freedom and opportunity for women in India. When we heard about the Executive Director position, we both agreed the opportunity to work with Sari Bari was an exciting prospect.
I traveled extensively both nationally and internationally for Destiny Rescue, working in the area of development. I learned about the impact of the organization on vulnerable children, and translated that to story and an invitation for individuals to respond and participate in the work of freedom with giving and advocacy. This experience, enhanced by my training to develop, execute, and track marketing and sales strategies makes me a valuable asset to support the fundraising and sales goals of Sari Bari."
From the Founder, Sarah Lance: “As I have worked with David the last few months, I am encouraged and optimistic about his ability to lead the USA organization into the next 5 years. David has many gifts including the ability to make meaningful connections and build energy around a cause. He is sincerely and deeply committed to making freedom and opportunity a reality for more women! Recently, he spent a couple weeks in Kolkata getting to know the organization better and he approached it all with both humility and passion, serving the community and the staff with his whole being.”
From the Sari Bari USA, Inc. Board Chair, Biju Mathew: "I and the entire Sari Bari Board is pleased about the appointment of David as the Executive Director of Sari Bari. David's proven success will help lead Sari Bari to deepen and expand its operations and advocacy. It's remarkable to see David already making impact as he serves with strength and humility. I am excited to have David on the team."
Live in Fort Wayne? Stop by and visit us, meet the staff and shop!
Store hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm
Address: 1008 N Wells St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Join us on Small Business Saturday, November 24th from 11am-4pm. Or stop by on the Holley Trolley!