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Annie Yaniga, Executive Assistant to the CEO

Annie Yaniga is the Executive Assistant to Whitney Smith, CEO and Founder. Annie is responsible for CEO communications and scheduling, the management of our Santa Cruz office, our Social Media communications, website maintenance and development, grant-writing, and various other aspects of daily business. She comes to us from Chicago, Illinois where she worked as a Research Assistant at her Alma Mater, The University of Chicago.  Annie’s research for The Language Development Project supplied video data from 6 and 7 year-old children around the country pertaining to the human acquisition and development of language.  Annie has also spent time in the business world as a management trainee at McMaster-Carr Supply Company, where she acquired many of the skills that help us keep Girls For A Change running smoothly.  Annie was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa where she worked and lived in a small village with the goal of improving the lives and power of all people, but especially women and girls. Annie has a long-running passion for youth development, specifically girls’ empowerment, evidenced by her experience as a Girl Scout Counselor, mentor, tutor, and coach.  Annie currently resides in Santa Cruz with her partner Leifa and two kittens, Pumpkin and Pancake. She loves being active outdoors whenever she's not busy being a couch potato or working for the cause of girls empowerment.


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