Anita can trace her outrage over corporate abuse to her time in AmeriCorps living on a small stipend and SNAP benefits (food stamps). In researching the program, she learned that Walmart’s low wages cost taxpayers $6.2 billion each year in public assistance, including SNAP. It was an eye-opening revelation for Anita that Walmart and other transnational corporations like McDonald’s and Aramark were simultaneously keeping their employees in poverty while building vast wealth off their backs—at tax payers’ expense.
It’s not surprising, then, that today Anita works to shift the balance of power away from transnational corporations and back into the hands of people and democratic institutions. At Corporate Accountability, she manages the foundations program, helps secure grants, and builds relationships with funders.
Before joining Corporate Accountability, Anita was a grant writer for Project Bread (an anti-hunger nonprofit), where she also served as the administrative coordinator of the Northeast Regional Anti-Hunger Network. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a focus on rhetorical studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—so some of her favorite activities include watching UNC basketball and reading Southern Gothic literature.