Steph Adriaenssens is an experienced development professional, passionate about connecting people who want to make a difference with causes that speak to their hearts. She works full time as an account manager for Social Solutions, a company that designs software to empower nonprofit organizations. She also volunteers for the Get Up Movement and the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Toastmasters Club. Steph has served as a volunteer facilitator for Truth Be Told’s Talk to Me Speaking class at Lockhart Correctional Facility. She attended The University of Texas, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in public health and a Bridging Disciplines certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofits.
Harriett Choffel is a retired educator and administrator of educational programs in public and private schools in Texas and Arizona. She currently works as an educational consultant and private tutor. Harriett has been actively involved in the nonprofit arena for more than 20 years as a volunteer, program director, grants director and board member. Harriett became involved with Truth Be Told through an opportunity to mentor a formerly incarcerated woman who benefitted from Truth Be Told programs while incarcerated and after release.
Originally from Los Angeles, Bianca Neal is a music industry executive and an entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in arts and entertainment and multimedia production. She is committed to advancing equity in the arts and has served as the lead juror for the City of Austin’s National Arts Program and as a panelist for the Cultural Funding Program within the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division. She has played an integral role in various education, community public art and cultural arts initiatives.
Bianca tells stories through film, spoken word and the written word. She has presented on the art and power of storytelling at SXSWedu, The University of Southern California and, most recently, at Harvard University. She empowers people to tell their stories to enrich and energize others personally and professionally.
Bianca is a graduate of the City of Austin's Fast Forward Business Accelerator Program and Leadership Austin’s Essentials program. She obtained her bachelor of arts degree from The University of Southern California and her master’s degree in fine arts from The University of Texas at Austin.
Rakhi Agrawal moved from Chicago to Austin in 2015 to involve herself in community efforts focused on building equity and justice for marginalized communities. Once in Austin, she served as a public school teacher for four years, teaching middle school and high school math in Title I schools. She then returned to her passion for working in nonprofit development, serving as a grant writer, development director and development consultant.
Rakhi has served as chair for the Young Women’s Alliance and has helped lead New Horizons Lacrosse, an organization dedicated to growing the game of lacrosse in Austin’s marginalized communities. She also is an active participant in The New Philanthropists’ inaugural Board Mentors of Color Program.
Rakhi is always seeking to connect genuinely with other folks who are striving to impact and transform lives and reimagine structures so that they effectuate racial justice, economic empowerment and community for all. She identifies as an abolitionist. In her leisure time, she enjoys going to the movies, exploring new restaurants, supporting local creatives and healing through nature. She studied applied mathematics and philosophy at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York, N.Y., where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 2014.