Anita L. Henri – United Negro College Fund

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Anita L. Henri
United Negro College Fund
New Regional Development Director for Orlando

“Education is the single most consistent and powerful instrument for the advancement of an individual and a people.” Anita L. Henri, UNCF’s new regional development director for Orlando, takes these words spoken by her former boss, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, very seriously. In her new position, Henri is responsible for the fundraising operations in Florida (specifically Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Pensacola and Jacksonville) for the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and educational support for minority and low-income students. “President Barack Obama once said ‘I truly believe that one scholarship can change the trajectory of an individual’s life, his or her community and, in some cases, a whole nation,’ and I fully agree with him. That is why I am dedicated to not only raising funds for UNCF to support scholarships and our 37-member historically black colleges and universities [HBCUs], but to helping minority students make it to and through college, successfully earning their degrees,” Henri stated.

Henri started her tenure with UNCF just one year ago as area development director, responsible for fundraising efforts in central and northern Florida. Prior to her tenure at UNCF, she was associate director for external affairs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. Before joining the museum, Henri was executive vice president for the Corporate Council on Africa, the largest trade association in the United States dealing with Africa, where she was responsible for fundraising, special events and day-to-day operations. Henri organized the council’s 2003 summit, which, outside of the United Nations General Assembly meetings, still stands as the largest assemblage of African leaders in the United States.

Fundraising is Henri’s second career. She is trained as a lawyer, having earned her J.D. from Howard University and her master of law in international finance from the London School of Economics. Henri started the Africa practice at the former Arent, Fox, Kintner&Plotkin law firm and was a senior lawyer at the Export-Import Bank, where she was appointed by President George Bush to serve on the African subcommittee. Henri was also on the Global Summit of Women 2000 International Planning Committee along with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Malawi President Joyce Banda.

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