Anchi is the Founder and Executive Director of MAKE Projects. While MAKE Projects was just getting its first hind legs at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Anchi was the Senior Program Manager of IRC’s largest and most high-profile food and farming program. Over her 12-year tenure at the IRC, Anchi designed, fundraised, managed and grew the program to include: four large community gardens, three incubator farms, two EBT-accessible farmers’ markets, a countywide farmers’ market incentive match program and multiple refugee nutrition education programs.
Along the way, Anchi found a way to connect the power of hands-on, food-based programming with the hardest aspect of refugee resettlement in San Diego: employment and economic stability. MAKE Projects was borne from this search to find a durable solution for low-income, refugee families to overcome poverty and build a successful life in America.
Anchi has served on the City of San Diego’s Economic and Environmental Sustainability Task Force (advising on the City’s first Climate Action Plan), was a founding member of the San Diego Food System Alliance and helped guide several citizen coalition efforts to reform the City of San Diego’s community gardening ordinance and bring about a new urban agriculture ordinance in 2012.
Prior to IRC, Anchi was an urban planner/designer for MIG, Inc. in Berkeley, California. At MIG, she led marketing efforts and served as project manager on several high-profile urban design and community planning projects for cities throughout Northern and Southern California, including San Francisco’s Castro District, Downtown Napa, and Downtown San Bruno. Before attending graduate school for urban design and planning, Anchi worked for several non-profit organizations serving the diverse, low-income community of San Francisco’s Mission District, including Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center and Horace Mann Middle School.
Altogether, Anchi possesses over 20 years of experience in social service, program design, implementation and evaluation with an emphasis on under-served and vulnerable populations. Anchi received a B.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University and two master’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture.
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