Anita Gundanna has worked for the past 12 years to prevent and address violence against women and children, and to promote healthy families, primarily in the Asian American and immigrant communities of New York City. She is currently in her second year of doctoral studies at the Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW), focusing her studies on immigrant community based organizations and community development.
Prior to joining CUSSW, Anita was Deputy Director at the Fund for Social Change (FSC) where she created, coordinated, and participated in the evaluation of a number of collaborations to affect positive change in New York City’s child welfare system. She was also a Program Officer for the Child Welfare Fund and selected and managed a portfolio of grantees dedicated to the empowerment of various disenfranchised and system-affected families and communities in New York City.
From 2004-2007, Anita served as Director of Client Services at the New York Asian Women’s Center and managed all of the agency’s residential and community-based services assisting women and child victims of domestic violence. In 2005, she co-founded Project Free, a NYC-based initiative to address human trafficking in Asian American communities. Anita also has a strong background in child welfare reform and worked for several years as an advocate for New York City’s Asian American and immigrant families at the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF). Anita holds a B.S and Elementary School Teaching Certification from Duke University, and a M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University.