Anita Whitehead

Anita Whitehead

Managing Director

Anita is a Principal at KPMG and the leader of the Corporate Citizenship service practice. She works with companies to leverage corporate social investment to engage with investors, customers, employees and communities. In her Corporate Citizenship work, she helps corporate funders understand how to reduce their exposure while making intelligent investments.

Anita is a board member of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and also Global Impact. She frequently speaks about corporate philanthropy and international giving at professional meetings.

Prior to KPMG, Anita was a financial analyst at the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates in Washington DC and a financial analyst for Indiana University Medical Center, in Indianapolis, IN.

She lives in Virginia with her husband, Jay, and daughter, Sara.

ACCP Meets Anita Whitehead

We know the route to becoming a CSR professional can be different for everyone. Can you briefly tell us how you ended up in the field?

My journey started at KPMG serving primarily non-profit organizations. My work focused on strategy, governance, and business operations. Over time, it grew to focus on international giving. Then, as corporations began to enhance their societal value through their philanthropy, I was able to transfer these skills to the corporate sector – guiding companies who wanted to take their philanthropy to a higher level and now working with others on how to integrate ESG into their programs.

What piece of advice would you give someone new to the field of CSR, or considering entering the field?

Really understand a company’s business first, and then focus on CSR. You will make a bigger impact if you understand the nuances of a company’s business strategy.

What is the last book you read (or are currently reading)?

The Moment of Lift – how empowering women changes the world by Melinda Gates. My favorite quote from here: How can we summon a moment of lift for human beings and especially for women? Because when you lift up women you lift up humanity.

What’s one piece of advice you’d pass on to others in CSR?

Make ACCP your key resource. Reach out. I wish there was a resource like ACCP, when I started in the field. Connect with ACCP members on LinkedIn and Twitter, and that goes for calling me too. I’m glad to share. Call me or email me if you have questions. In this field, we learn every day, and at ACCP we share what we learn. Make good use of your contacts here.

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