Anaia believes in the power of a pivot table created for public good. She has used her analytical and facilitation skills to benefit community development and strategic planning initiatives for local governments and national non-profit organizations.
For over seven years, Anaia worked across the public and private sectors to align resources for comprehensive business approaches and enhanced efficiency including NeighborWorks America, the Executive Office of the Mayor of Washington, D.C., and Amazon. During her Americorps service year, Anaia gained a racial equity lens working at the D.C. Employment Justice Center to coordinate its worker coalition of Black and Latino workers to produce D.C. Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014. Also, she received training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond’s Undoing Racism® Community Organizing Workshop in 2014. Drawing from her training and experience, she created small business grants to award over $50,000 grants for minority owned businesses along the Minnesota Avenue Northeast corridor in Washington D.C as the Main Street program manager at the Washington Area Community Investment Fund.Her facilitation experience runs the gamut from community engagement to equity-minded economic development. She is an entrepreneur and relationship builder with experience in grant-making, process improvements, strategic planning, and community engagement. Anaia is a native Washingtonian living in the Deanwood neighborhood with her family. She enjoys volunteering with the Black Swan Academy, United Way of the National Capital Area, and the Abramson Foundation.