Anita Gundanna works 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 a doctoral candidate at the Columbia School of Social Work, where she studies immigrant community-based organizations and community development.
Ms. Gundanna previously served as Deputy Director at the Fund for Social Change, where she created, coordinated, and participated in the evaluation of collaborations that aimed to create positive change in New York City’s child welfare system. She also served as a Program Officer for the Child Welfare Fund, in which role she selected and managed a portfolio of grantees dedicated to the empowerment of disenfranchised and system-affected families and communities in New York City.
From 2004-2007, Ms. Gundanna served as Director of Client Services at the New York Asian Women’s Center, where she managed 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. She has an extensive 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. Ms. Gundanna holds a B.S and Elementary School Teaching Certification from Duke University, and a M.S. in Social Work from the Columbia School of Social Work.