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Anastasia Ordonez

Director of Communications, Children & Families Program

Anastasia Ordonez

Anastasia Ordonez has more than 14 years of experience in nonprofit communications, working on high profile media and issue-based campaigns for the North American labor movement, as well as foundations and other nonprofits. As the Director of Communications for the Children & Families Program at Next Generation, Anastasia has played a principal role in developing and communicating the Too Small to Fail initiative, and also works closely with the California policy team in the Children & Families program to promote early childhood education and work-family policy. Before her work at Next Generation, Anastasia led communications for the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, where she worked in direct partnership with Foundation leaders to develop program-related communications strategies for grantees and other audiences. Anastasia also served as Director of Communications for UNITE HERE, where she managed such high profile communications campaigns as "Hotel Workers Rising", an international effort to help hotel workers across North America win better working conditions. She was also a key media strategist behind the effort for healthcare reform in California in 2007; and has worked as a consultant advising organizations on public education campaigns, press relations, and developing successful online communities to promote their causes.

Anastasia holds a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and Political Science from Rutgers University, and a Master's degree in Women's Studies from Rutgers University. A native of the New York City metropolitan area, Anastasia now lives with her family in Sonoma County, California.

Posts by Anastasia Ordonez

Press Release

Vocabulary gap study: Parents & caregivers are critical to children's success

In today's New York Times, we learned about new research by Stanford Psychology Professor Anne Fernald and her colleagues that adds powerful evidence to the theory that children's learning starts very early. Professor Fernald’s research shows that by the time children are two years old, there is already a gap in language proficiency of six months between higher- and lower-income children.