Anika is a consultant with the Insight Center and supports the organization’s work by providing strategic guidance, expertise on shifting public will and cultivating partnerships to uplift the work and research on economic security and the Generations Ahead initiative.
Anika has worked at the local, state and national level as a policy analyst, communication strategist and trainer since 2008. She has worked with hundreds of advocates, elected officials, students and community organizers to advance the role of the public sector in racial justice. In her previous role as Director of Outreach at Public Works, Anika developed a framework and curriculum for their race and government work from the ground up and cultivated an informal network of over 25 national and state-based partners in the field of racial justice and policy to work in collaboration on changing the conversation on how government can and needs to be a tool for racial justice. As a former inaugural policy fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) Anika was their first race equity coordinator and was instrumental in shifting their work around race from one of isolated documentation to that of transformational change at the organizational and community level. As their first lead immigration policy analyst, the MLPP was at the forefront during the height of anti-immigration debates in 2010 and played a pivotal role in the defeat of any anti-immigrant legislation being passed in Michigan that year. Anika also organized MLPP’s first internal anti-racism training.
Anika is also a trainer for Mothering Justice and Beyond the Choir. In her commitment to remain grounded and connected to service delivery in her policy advocacy work, Anika completed her nursing degree in 2016 and is also a Pediatric ICU nurse.