Anusha Alikhan joined Knight Foundation in March 2013.
She is a strategic communications professional with a diverse background in the nonprofit sector, as well as journalism and law.
In her role as director of communications, she manages and develops strategies to advance Knight’s brand identity and mission. As an adviser to staff and grantees, and communications lead for many of Knight’s major initiatives and learning products, she helps to shape the foundation’s identity and build its impact and reach. She works across the foundation’s focus areas – journalism, communities, arts and learning – as a thought partner and strategy developer.
Previously, she served as a communications officer with the United Nations in New York contributing to the advancement of global peacekeeping initiatives, as well as a communications consultant with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She was also marketing manager for the National Parkinson Foundation, where she developed brand awareness campaigns and promotional strategies that helped increase community impact and program results. She has worked as a freelance journalist and editor. Before embarking on a professional career in communications, Alikhan practiced employment and human rights law in her hometown of Toronto, Canada.
Alikhan serves on the board of trustees for Awesome Foundation Miami and is a member of the Communications Network working group for diversity, equity and inclusion. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, a law degree from Queen’s University in Ontario and an honors bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto.