Anjana Pandey, Director of Member & Donor Relations
After over a decade in New York, I never imagined living or working anywhere else. And then Amazon came knocking (for my husband) and our family of four packed up and moved cross-country to the Pacific Northwest. A year later, I can honestly say that it’s been one of the best decisions we’ve made. The transition hasn’t been without hiccups but every time I miss my old home, I just look out the window at the mountains and water and am reminded how lucky I am to be living and working here.
I’ve joined the Philanthropy Northwest team as our first director of member & donor relations and will be working closely with our extensive network of philanthropic organizations. Much of my career has been focused on creating and funding programs that address basic social needs, so I feel fortunate to be able to continue to work in philanthropy! In my month here at Philanthropy Northwest, I’ve had the opportunity to attend our Local Matters convening in Montana and engage in conversations about issues that are of importance to Montanans. I’m looking forward to many more of these conversations with our members.
Prior to joining Philanthropy Northwest, I completed my MBA at Yale School of Management while working at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). At CHCS, I oversaw a statewide collaborative of Medicaid policymakers, health practitioners and social service agencies to uncover implementation challenges and opportunities for Medicaid Health Homes. My personal interest in healthcare stems from my time at the Robin Hood Foundation, New York City’s largest anti-poverty nonprofit, where I managed a $10 million portfolio that increased access to healthcare for low-income New Yorkers.
Having been in philanthropy, I understand and appreciate the challenges and opportunities to invest in meaningful investments that have long term impact. I’m excited to learn about the unique, place-based approach for which the Pacific Northwest is so famous.