As an Indian immigrant from Zambia, Ankita has had exposure to social and economic inequities affecting people, families and communities. She has dedicated her career to transforming public policy and advocacy efforts to address those inequities so that community leaders and communities can create bold visions for change and work towards making a sustainable impact. Ankita brings her life experiences, a law degree from Seattle University School of Law and over a decade of experience working on various issues including gender-based violence, poverty alleviation and immigrant justice to her role as Philanthropy Northwest’s senior manager of public policy and advocacy. Her strong leadership, team-building and relationship skills have allowed her to successfully build collaborative cross-sector partnerships and engage closely with communities to improve systems and create safe, thriving environments.
Ankita is a former commissioner for the City of Seattle’s Immigrant and Refugee Commission. She currently serves as board president of the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, board member of Progress Alliance of Washington and member of the board finance and investment committee of Pride Foundation.
Ankita enjoys photography and was featured as one of the top five South Asian artists at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in the 2010 South Asian Film Festival, Tasveer. She now mostly takes pictures of her perpetual puppy, Sia.