The Immigrant Yarn Project

About Enactivist

Home of the Immigrant Yarn Project



Welsh writer and Professor of Philosophy Mark Rowlands wrote that Enactivism as a philosophical school of thought holds that our environment is one which we selectively create through our capacity to interact with the world. It’s the belief that we can design our own experience through our actions, that we are not passive receivers of input from the environment, but we are actors in the environment - what we experience is shaped by how we act.

It is in this spirit that Enactivist the organization was born. We are a group of creative activists joining forces, talents, energy and resources to originate and/or sponsor events and exhibitions that foster positive discourse around difficult topics. Whether it is through our salon-style speaker series or colossal public art projects, we believe that ongoing, in-person opportunities to learn, network and expand communication in creative inspiring ways will keep people engaged to ENACT the change we would like to see in the world.


CINDY WEIL - FOUNDER. During the 1990’s Cindy held Director positions in the Internet Groups of Ameritrade, Inc. and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. After leaning out to have two sons, in the 2000’s she founded the Wallpaper Collective, the first wallpaper retailer on the internet, and her own award-winning line of wallpaper through I80West.  She was energized by the 2016 election and has turned her focus supporting and promoting unity, diversity, and freedom of expression. Cindy is full-time as the leader of Enactivist.

RUTH FELT was the Founder and President Emeritus of San Francisco Performances, an innovative non-profit organization that presents chamber music, vocal and instrumental recitals, jazz and contemporary dance.  Under her leadership, the organization grew from presenting seven programs in its first season in 1980 to over 70 performances and programs in 2016. Ruth was the Company Administrator for the San Francisco Opera from 1971 to 1979.  Prior to that, she served as Assistant Concert Manager for the UCLA Department of Fine Arts Productions for five years, and as an assistant in speech writing for Hubert H. Humphrey, Vice President of the United States. Ruth is a Senior Advisor and part-time at Enactivist.

Board of Advisors

VARSHA RAO is an entrepreneur and international executive. Her experience spans the spectrum from financial analyst to founder and CEO of the internet-based cosmetics company, which in 1999 ranked 6th on Fortune Magazine's list of best e-commerce sites. Varsha sold the company to Idealab in 2000. Until late 2016 she served as Head of Global Operations for Airbnb, the global community-based travel marketplace. Varsha grew up near Boston, Massachusetts. She received a dual degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Economics, graduating magna cum laude, and she later earned her MBA at Harvard Business School. Varsha is a second generation Indian-American.

YOLANDA WU is a lawyer, social entrepreneur, violinist, life-long knitter and a second generation Chinese-American.  She has over two decades of experience in women’s rights law. As an attorney at the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, Yolanda specialized in reproductive rights and employment law, and worked on many of the leading Supreme Court cases in the 1990’s and early 2000’s that shape today’s legal landscape.  She taught sex discrimination law as an adjunct assistant professor at NYU School of Law for 8 years. In 2004, she co-founded A Better Balance: the Work and Family Legal Center, a non-profit that has spearheaded the passage of paid family leave and paid sick leave laws around the country. Yolanda currently serves on the boards of A Better Balance and the Wild Earth Wilderness School, and teaches violin in Brooklyn.  She is thrilled to bring her creative energy and passion for social justice to Enactivist.

DAVID WEIL is an investor at Warburg Pincus, Chairman of SCM Insurance Services, a Senior Advisor to the governance firm CamberView, and the host of the Fall Engagement Summit, the largest gathering of governance leaders from public companies and their large investors. He has more than two decades of experience advising media and technology companies on a range of strategic issues. David founded and served as CEO of iiWisdom, the leading provider of interactive governance solutions for companies and investors, which he built in partnership with BlackRock until its sale to ISS. Previously, he spent 20 years on Wall Street, where he was a Managing Director, Head of Information Services Banking, and Co-Head of Media Investment Banking at Credit Suisse and Merrill Lynch.  David holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.


The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.
— Elie Wiesel