Anita Verna Crofts, Associate Director

Anita Verna Crofts Associate Director

Anita Verna Crofts is interested in the creative ways new media influences design and allows societies to share and leverage information for social change. As Associate Director of the Communication Leadership program, her courses address leadership and creativity in the digital age, social tools for social change, and auditory storytelling.

She maintains a Clinical Instructor position at the UW Department of Global Health where she works with I-TECH, the International Training & Education Center for Health. She has collaborated with partner institutions in Sudan, Namibia, and India on leadership and management trainings with her contributions targeted at the concept of digital storytelling as a leadership and evidence tool.

Her writings on the intersection of food and culture explore the preservation of food traditions in post-conflict societies as a means of sustaining community identity and have appeared in Saveur and Gastronomica. She curates then gastro-blog Sneeze! on her website,

Anita is a German Marshall Memorial Fellow and Thomas J. Watson Research Fellow. She has an MPA from the Evans School of Public Affairs and serves on the Curriculum Committee of Leadership Tomorrow.

She bakes a mean pie.

Anita’s office is located in CMU 251-B. She holds office hours, by appointment, between 4 and 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.