Anita Bennison is a strategic consultant for clients in marketing, communications, social media and operations. She is the former Executive Director of the Hopewell Valley YMCA and most recently served for nine years as the Associate Executive Director of the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance. She has spent her YMCA career as a cause driven leader working to lead and support initiatives to improve the health and wellness of New Jersey communities. She served as the New Jersey liaison for the YMCA of the USA Walkability Grant and as a member of the inaugural leadership team of the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network, helping launch the community grant program and develop the collective impact model to support policy, systems and environmental changes.
Prior to joining the YMCA, Anita held positions in corporate accounting at Merrill Lynch & Co. and Webcraft Technologies and was Director of Corporate Sponsorships for New Jersey Special Olympics. She is a 2011 Leadership New Jersey Fellow, holds a mini-MBA in Digital Marketing from Rutgers Center for Management Development, and a BS in Finance from the University of Delaware where she serves on the Volunteer Admission Support Team. She is an avid walker along the trails of the Delaware River and Washington Crossing and is excited to be a champion for making all of America a great place to walk.