President & Founder, P.S. 314, Philanthropic & Nonprofit Consultant, Impact Producer
Pi-Isis S. Ankhra, founder and president of P.S. 314, brings over 20 years of experience developing strategic initiatives targeted at leveraging private and public investments. She has secured over $150 million for a diverse range of com- munity based and major institutions, specifically within the fields of arts, education, social justice and advocacy. Ankhra’s strengths are in developing creative strategies and building alliances among diverse individuals and organizations serving the nonprofit, philanthropic and commercial sectors.
Ankhra has worked in partnership with a multitude of institutions including the Ford Foundation, Democratic National Committee, the NAACP among others on planning, fundraising and event production to highlight and promote core social justice issues. Ankhra's professional offerings include media development - working on both short and long form content projects. As an impact producer, Ankhra has focused her work on the design and delivery of strategic plans and initiatives to reach and engage targeted audiences around stories that surface social and cultural issues often underrepresented in mainstream media.
Her success has been fueled by sound decisions and a clear sense of the larger vision coupled with careful attention to detail in her programming and team leadership. Her unique ability and value proposition comes from fusing the creative with the proven, the detail with the larger vision and her passion with a disciplined methodical approach that is immediately clear and manageable for each client.
In 1998, Vice-President Al Gore’s Presidential Campaign engaged her to raise awareness and funds for his national campaign. Immediately following the campaign, Ankhra was hired by organizations such as the New Democrat Network and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. In these roles she increased revenue by up to 70% and attendance at annual fundraising events by 40% while cutting costs by 35%.
In 2001, Ankhra was selected as a member of the inaugural class of the District of Columbia Teach- ing Fellows Program. There she developed online learning modules, multi-media lessons and led countless presentations which resulted in a 50% improvement in students ability to pass national stan- dards, a top performance rating meeting 6 of 6 district wide targets and recognition by Washingtonian Magazine.
In 2005, Community Counseling Service then selected Ankhra as an Executive Director for its multimillion dollar national capital and endowment campaigns. Ankhra’s work at all stages of the development process – capacity building, board development, feasibility planning, campaign strategy and prospect research led to numerous successful solicitation gifts from leadership, principles (six and seven figure gifts), and even staff members. CCS then asked Ankhra to launch and chair their Diversity Initiative that would impact the organization at all levels. Diversity issues were effectively addressed resulting in retention of staff, new business for CCS and a friendlier, more inclusive and rewarding work environment. E-partnerships were also formed and engineered by Ankhra with the Council for the Advancement of Support of Education (CASE) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
In 2007, Ankhra launched a consulting practice to drive social change while addressing the finan- cial and organizational challenges for select clients. Recognizing the importance and power of collaboration, Ankhra established P.S.314 to operate as a strategic partner with key clients. P.S. 314 is a matchmaking agency for social change brings together a consortium of thought leaders in the fields of philanthropy, media and the nonprofit community to broaden and deepen the impact of their work.
Ankhra serves on the Faculty of the New School University and as Mentor-In-Residence at New Inc. (the New Museum-led incubator. She holds the M.A.T. (Masters of Arts in Teaching) in Education from American University and a B.A. in International Business from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is proficient in French and conversational in Spanish and studied at the University of Nice in France. She is a member of the New York Women in Film and Television. She is a native of and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, where she volunteers and donates to various causes.