Anjali Chen | Vice President

anjaliAnjali is Director of Trust Services for Groundwork USA, where she is responsible for developing and managing relationships between the National Park Service, Groundwork USA, non-profit partners, and a network of 22 community-based affiliates (also known as “Trusts”) across the country. Her skill at forging these multi-level partnerships has been honed through experience as a senior economist and energy research analyst at the national level, and as an advocate with NGOs for sustainable development policies in Sri Lanka, Geneva, Washington, D.C., and at the United Nations in New York.

Working out of Groundwork USA’s Yonkers office, Anjali helps to connect urban youth and their communities with National Parks and Wildlife, and works to advance the important community revitalization and environmental restoration work in affiliate communities across the country. The transformative project in Yonkers to Daylight the Saw Mill River is a stunning local example of this work (­by Groundwork Hudson Valley and partners). Groundwork’s objective is to instill appreciation of the natural environment along with an understanding that it isn’t something inaccessible and “out there” — it’s a built and natural resource that youth and community members can change and protect within their own communities.

Anjali serves as a volunteer for educational and multicultural arts programs locally, and for international nonprofits working on refugee-related issues in Sri Lanka. Her knowledge of organizational development and nonprofit fundraising informs the ecology and direction of RiverArts.