The Society for the
Study of Social Issues


Executive Director

Anila Balkissoon, M.S.  Ms. Balkissoon has served SPSSI for more than a decade, most recently as SPSSI’s Program Director.  Chief responsibilities include executive level operations and governance support, and leadership of staff and member services. She holds a bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University, a master’s degree in Nonprofit Organization & Association Management from the University of Maryland, and brings extensive experience in working with nonprofits in the DC area.  In addition to her work with SPSSI, she has done advocacy work with the DC Rape Crisis Center, led tutoring programs for local low-income youth, and currently participates in grassroots efforts with the ACLU.  She has served on the governing board of a local nonprofit organization, The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of DC (YNPNdc) managing initiatives aimed to create opportunity and professional development for DC area professionals in the sector.  She is a past Fellow of the International Center for Research on Women (formerly NCRW) of New York City, as part of the Emerging Leaders Network. 

Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin