Travis Gravette

Travis is currently the VP of Business Development at Nisolo, after a series of for-profit and nonprofit ventures. In 2004, as a college senior at MTSU, Travis spent his Christmas break volunteering for a small community based organization in western Uganda called Bringing Hope to the Family. It was during that trip that he came to believe that one of the most effective ways to address extreme poverty was to support and empower local leaders whose work was already in action. Armed with this insight, Travis founded the nonprofit Know Think Act (KTA) soon after graduation in 2005. KTA served as a crowdfunding platform to raise money for community development projects with an emphasis on local leadership management. All of the proceeds poured directly back into the projects. Over the years of working in East Africa, Travis took special interest in various artisan groups and in 2010 founded Red Earth, a for-profit social enterprise to help those same artisan groups gain access to an international market. With a growing passion to focus more on for-profit initiatives, Travis merged Know Think Act with the Nashville-based nonprofit African Leadership in 2014. This allowed him to focus all of his efforts on Red Earth. Looking for ways to scale faster and ultimately increase social impact, Travis approached good friend and Nisolo Co-Founder & CEO, Patrick Woodyard, about merging their companies in a united effort to make a greater positive impact on the fashion industry. Nisolo and Red Earth joined forces in May 2015 and now produce product in Peru, Kenya and Mexico under the Nisolo brand.