MPA, University of Washington, 2002


Anita Verna Crofts, is Artist in Residence at the Communication Leadership graduate program. Anita is interested in the ways digital media and food build, sustain, and grow communities — in concert and on their own. Her courses include topics such as: the relationship between listening and leadership, leadership and personal narrative, and memoir through found objects. With a Clinical Instructor appointment at the UW Department of Global Health, Anita has collaborated with partner institutions in Sudan, Ethiopia, Pakistan, India, the Philippines, Uganda, Ghana, and Namibia on trainings that address leadership, management, and policy development, with her contributions targeted at the concept of storytelling as a leadership and evidence tool. Anita is a German Marshall Memorial Fellow and Thomas J. Watson Research Fellow.

Selected publications

  • Crofts, A.V. “Silver Lining: Building a Shared Sudanese Identity Through Food.” Gastronomica, (Winter 2010) 10(1): 110-116.
  • “Vision for Change: Partnering with Public Health Leaders Globally.” Building Leadership Bridges, ILA Press, November 2008, (with Nancy Campbell, Nicola de Paul, Aaron Katz, and Elisabeth Mitchell).
  • Crofts, A.V. “Surviving Genocide: Stories from the Northwest.” Colors Northwest Magazine (April 2005).