Annisa Wanat has 20+ years global experience in the public and nonprofit sectors, with a focus on analyzing new situations and mentoring groups to create locally relevant solutions to strength communities, organizations and institutions. Whether organizing for social change, guiding institutions through transitions, or training citizens on advocacy, Annisa believes that planning strategically, communicating openly, and focusing on people are the keys to any successful public endeavor.
From Chicago to Moline and Europe to Asia, Ms. Wanat has a proven track record in leadership, strategy, project management, and communications. Highlights of Annisa's achievements include:
- Leading a $2.9M community-led, neighborhood revitalization program with projects focused community organizing and engagement, small business support, capacity development, workforce training, and youth civic education. Annisa organized a partnership network of apx. 50 organizations from local nonprofits, educational institutions, and government entities to identify areas for collaboration and managed a $700K grants program to support local partners and foster innovative programming. Presented with the 2018 River Action Revitalization Award and the 2017 Hispanic Chamber Community Leadership Award.
- Planning and implementing the Midwest field strategy to raise public awareness of and advocate for effective international aid. This included managing more than 5,000 volunteers and fostering the development of a broad coalition including partners from the faith, justice, and LGBT communities. These efforts resulted three regional advocacy training workshops, four public events hosted by coalition partners, the recruitment of thousands of new members, hundreds of letters and phone calls to Congress, and more than a dozen in-person meetings between volunteers and members of Congress.
- Running a regional office and two satellite offices comprised of apx. 110 staff, with a budget of $5.6 million for community development programs and $3 million for annual operations. This included executing the start-up for the region – hiring staff and opening offices – as well as leading the strategic planning process to include community and government engagement in the identification and design of apx. 200 programmatic grants.
- Managing the transition of apx. 150 staff from one company to another company when the donor changed the scope of their contracts. Responsible for ensuring the staff had the necessary information to make decisions about the transition and that local government stakeholders did not experience a gap in programming.
- Developing a comprehensive staff development plan to assess, strengthen, and evaluate a 55-person team in key programmatic, operational, and financial competencies.
Annisa holds a Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Arts from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University of Ohio, and an Organizational Development certificate from DePaul University. Annisa is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Chicago Area Peace Corps Association (former board member as well), and the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits. She spits her time between Chicago and Moline, IL
Annisa's most updated resume can be found on LinkedIn.