Who We Are

Deepthi Welaratna
Founder & Principal

Deepthi Welaratna investigates the architecture of social systems and designs solutions to unlock agency, opportunity and resources for people around the world. She has spent the last 12 years influencing complex systems by developing public policy campaigns, cultivating creative leaders, and building movements around a range of social and economic issues.

As a consultant providing advising on the complex interactions between market-based activities, policymaking environments, and issue-based communications, Deepthi has worked with a wide range of clients including Google, the Rockefeller Foundation, Godiva, the Institute of Development Studies, and the British Museum. As a researcher, Deepthi has investigated how design thinking, global media flows, and complex social systems intersect, with a particular focus on how cross-cultural interactions are mediated by the design of digital technologies for social systems.

Deepthi founded Thicket to develop new strategies for applying systems thinking to collaborative problem solving in complex environments.

Debbie Adler
Strategy Partner

Debbie Adler has 15 years experience as an online marketing strategist for nonprofits, media companies, corporations and startups. At present, she manages her own consulting business based in Los Angeles, where she advises companies on campaign creation and trains teams on social media best practices.

Previously, Debbie was an Account Director at Blue State Digital, the online strategy, design and technology agency renowned for powering the technology and digital campaigns for Obama in both 2008 and 2012. While at BSD, she worked on the strategy and execution for fundraising campaigns, list acquisition and website launches with clients such as GODIVA, Autism Speaks, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Film Society of Lincoln Center and more.

Debbie received her MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelors from Brandeis University, where she currently sits on the board of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department. She is a Global Justice Fellow with the American Jewish World Service and a mentor at the Creative Visions Foundation.

Sam Hutch
Interaction Designer

Sam Hutch is a UX designer with a passion for interaction design and front end coding. A graduate of Parsons The New School for Design, Sam combines her passions for people, technology, systems, and art to create engaging and useful experiences.