Anita joined the Foundation in 2008, and soon after took on the role of Director of Grants. In 2015 she transitioned to a new role as Director of Strategic Initiatives. In this capacity she coordinates initiatives that pursue new approaches to some of Ottawa’s most pressing issues. She is driven and inspired by working with diverse partners on initiatives that build community capacity and best practices. She has a master’s in social work and worked for many years with the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centre’s of Ottawa. She has both front-line and management experience in health promotion, community development, and policy related to issues impacting women, youth, and families living in poverty, as well as immigrants and refugees. Anita is responsible the Foundation’s knowledge and action centre – Ottawa Insights, social enterprise development, evaluation and impact measurement, as well as working with the Indigenous community. She volunteers in the community on social justice issues, especially those affecting women and diversity. She enjoys music, dance, and food of all kinds and is always searching for different experiences abroad.