Anita Verna Crofts, President
Anita Verna Crofts is on faculty at the Department of Communication and serves as the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for the Communication Leadership graduate program. Anita is interested in the ways digital media and food build, sustain, and grow communities — in concert and on their own. Her courses include: story creation and social engagement, leadership and organizational design in the digital age, and the interplay of culture, identity, and communication.
Anita serves as the Department of Communication’s Flight Instructor, a position she created to encourage “ideas and people to take flight” by building a dynamic learning environment through curricular innovations, space and design considerations, and spearheading leadership development at the undergraduate and graduate student level.
Anita is a German Marshall Memorial Fellow and Thomas J. Watson Research Fellow. She has an MPA from the Evans School of Public Affairs and serves on the Curriculum Committee of Leadership Tomorrow.
She bakes a mean pie. Anita joined the Board of Directors in December 2011.
Rituja Indapure, Treasurer
Rituja Indapure currently works at Costco as an Analyst. She is an avid reader, performer and has directed Tasveer’s South Asian Women’s focused festival. Rituja is an active community member and has served PTA boards as a Treasurer and co-President. She regularly volunteers with the Aras Foundation, United Way of King County and Technology Access Foundation. She is also a supporter of Teen Feed and serves on the Amrita-Seattle meal team. Rituja is an enthusiastic member of Toastmasters and enjoys writing letters on paper. Prior to Costco, she has worked at Accenture and Onyx Software. Rituja is passionate about implementing and improving processes that increase efficiency and productivity of the team. Rituja received her BA in English Literature and LLB from University of Pune and LLM from University of Nottingham. Rituja is passionate about women’s education, equality and leadership. Currently she is producing a media piece addressing the issue of skin color in the South Asian diaspora in the context of relationships. Rituja joined the board in September 2014, and was elected treasurer in January 2015.
Anna Goren, Secretary
Anna Goren is carrying on the Jewish tradition of having strong opinions about food and social justice. Since graduating from McGill University in Montreal, QC, where she conducted research on social policy in the School of Social Work, she has worked with food everywhere from the food bank to a restaurant kitchen. Anna works as a writer with a nonprofit consulting firm and teaches creative writing in the King County Correctional Facility. In her spare time, Anna can be found riding around Seattle on her bicycle thinking about what to do with her leftovers. Follow her at @annaegoren, her leftovers @ www.tuppups.com
Sanjay Bhatt, Director
Sanjay Bhatt is a versatile storyteller who won numerous national awards over a 20-year career as a reporter for newspapers on the East and West Coasts, including over a dozen years at The Seattle Times. In his journalism career, he often was an early adopter of new platforms such as mobile video and Tableau data visualizations for publishing multi-faceted story packages. He also distinguished himself as an executive officer on the boards of the Seattle chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the national Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ).
Now as the first-ever Public Information Officer at Kitsap Transit, Sanjay manages the organization’s corporate communications, media relations and digital strategy. Sanjay holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University and a master’s degree in information management from the University of Washington. A data junkie, Sanjay is interested in how organizations can improve their ability to serve their mission through strategic planning, metrics and project management.
He is proud to continue staying involved in journalism and storytelling by serving on the Seattle Globalist’s board.
Brenda Tausch Lapora, Director
Brenda Tausch Lapora is a part-time faculty member with the Communication Leadership graduate program at the University of Washington. She enjoys teaching a course on law and ethics, focusing on legal relationships and duties, advocacy choices, privacy concerns and ownerships issues that leaders face when building their communities and networks.
Brenda previously taught law at Haramaya University in rural Ethiopia. She has also been a practicing attorning in civil legal aid and veterans matters, most recently launching a military discharge update clinic at the Urban Justice Center’s Veteran Advocacy Project in New York City.
Roxana Norouzi, Director
Roxana Norouzi has worked with immigrant and refugee populations in the Seattle area for the past 10 years. Currently, she provides strategic guidance around education policy and implementation for OneAmerica, Washington State’s largest immigrant right’s organization. In 2010, Roxana was awarded the University of Washington’s Bonderman Fellowship which allowed her to travel to the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, East Africa, West Africa and South America. She joined the board of directors in November 2012.
- Chantal Anderson
- Eamon Aloyo
- Jonathan Cunningham
- Joel Dodge
- Ron Feemster
- Nanette Francia-Cotter
- Eliaichi Kimaro
- Hanson Hosein
- Larry Johnson
- Sabrina Roach
- Joanne Silberner
- John Tarleton
- Ruchika Tulshyan
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