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Krishnaveni Gundu Co-Founder & Executive Director

Soon after moving to the United States, Ms. Gundu served as the US Coordinator for the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal from 2002-2004, prior to which she volunteered as a community health field worker and researcher among the communities affected by the 1984 deadly gas leak from the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, India. Over the years, she has organized and participated in teach-ins and actions across the United States to keep alive the memory of the biggest industrial disaster in history while attempting to bring Union Carbide and its new owners Dow and Dupont, to justice. As part of the campaign she collaborated with grassroots coalitions involving environmental health and justice campaigns in the US and India. Prior to her environmental activism, she worked with Ogilvy & Mather and JWT advertising agencies as an award winning copywriter for over a decade. She received a Bachelors Degree in Electronics with a minor in Math and Physics from Osmania University in India.

She co-founded Texas Jail Project along with author, environmental activist and friend Diane Wilson whose incarceration in several Texas county jails resulted in the discovery of horrific shackling practices of pregnant inmates. She’s also the co-founder and secretary of ‘tejas barrios’ – An environmental health and justice non-profit that works in the fence line communities bordering the Ship Channel and chemical refineries in Houston. With nearly two decades of experience in advertising, market research, coordinating environmental health & justice campaigns and training non-profits in media and fundraising strategy, she currently works part-time with TJP’s executive director on FOIA requests, research for grants and answering inmates and their families in need of help. She is currently a Math and Physics tutor at the Lone Star Community College in Houston. She’s also the proud mother of an 11-year-old.