Founded by entrepreneur Tasha A. F. Lemley and husband, Mark Lemley, in 2013, Chai Wallah, LLC is Nashville's tea-based social enterprise.


Chai Wallah uses tea to bring a bit of India to the states, create income for women who have experienced homelessness, and connect people who aren't so different after all.

Tasha was also the founder of award-winning Nashville, Tennessee social enterprise The Contributor street newspaper. She was the winner of Whole Planet Foundation's Small Change for Big Change contest and discovered authentic chai during the trip award to Mumbai and Kerala, India.

She has experience as a homeless outreach worker and spent years photographing and interviewing people who live on the streets. Most recently, she's an audio producer and wants to continue sharing the stories she hears.

Most of all, she's passionate about community and diversity—the answers we have for each other and those we can find together. She finds that the more she gets outside of the familiar, the more she learns about herself.


Mark is a barista with more than a decade of experience in coffee sales and business management. He is a freelance writer with a graduate certificate in sustainability.

Fair Trade standards have wormed their way into his heart over the last few years. He looks forward to cultivating Chai Wallah as one of the best chai companies in the states—in product quality and authenticity as well as business practices and sustainable community.




Tasha A. F. Lemley
Owner, Director

Mark Lemley
Partner, Operations & Logistics

Anita Smith
Lead Wallah, Production & Sales

Jenn Cross
Quality Assurance, Production & Sales