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 addressing 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. In addition to her work with Philanthropy Northwest, she is currently appointed as a commissioner for the City of Seattle’s Immigrant and Refugee Commission and serves on the Board of the Washington State Budget & Policy Center.
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 recently took up snowboarding and is constantly humbled by 5-year-olds who magically find ways to stay upright.