Born and raised in India, Ankita moved to Colorado at the age of 10 and was taught to learn and thrive across the boundaries of various identities, including but not limited to age, gender, language, race, socioeconomic status, and culture. Her passion for supporting people to reach their highest potential, especially those who are marginalized or overlooked in our communities, threads through her personal and professional life.
Throughout her career, Ankita's focus has been on integrating theory and applied research with practice to drive toward high-performance. She has worked with a wide variety of organizations (nonprofits, philanthropic actors, small businesses, government agencies, public schools systems, foundations) to improve program design and organizational infrastructure to ultimately better outcomes for underrepresented populations. She has deep expertise in youth development, education, youth and adult workforce development, and reentry population.
Prior to joining AchieveMission, Ankita co-developed and managed the Peer Performance Exchange, a national organizational assessment initiative to help nonprofits improve through the implementation of evidence-based best practices and development of performance measurement systems. She has also done some work internationally, focusing on building capacity and providing technical assistance to entrepreneurs in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa.
She received her BA in International Relations and French from Boston University and a MPP from University College London.