Anusha Alikhan joined Wikimedia Foundation in July 2019.
She is a strategic communications professional with a diverse background in the nonprofit sector, as well as journalism and law.
In her role as senior director of communications, she manages and develops strategies to strengthen the foundation’s impact and reach, and advance its goal to promote free knowledge everywhere.
Previously, she was communications director for Knight Foundation, where she worked across the foundation’s focus areas – journalism, communities, arts, learning – as a thought partner and strategy developer. Before that, 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, Anusha practiced employment and human rights law in her hometown of Toronto, Canada. She is now based in Miami.
Anusha 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.