Anita Patel

VP - Philanthropy & Volunteers

Anita grew up in rural Iowa and moved to South Florida when she was in middle school.  Her life became orange and blue after she attended the College of Journalism Summer Institute in high school, and knew she wanted to be a Gator!

While at UF, Anita worked at the GatorOne ID Card office and briefly freelanced at the independent florida alligator.  Anita spent most of her time chartering the first South Asian interest sorority into the Greek council.  This dream became a reality in 2003 when Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. was founded and recognized on campus.

Anita was also a member of the Leader Scholar Program, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, HSC, Outreach Ambassador Program, and Public Relations Chair of the Reitz Union Board.  She enjoyed volunteering in the Gainesville community with the tutoring program at the Alachua County Library, The Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County, National Gandhi Day of Service, and raising funds for Pratham, Asha For Education and C.A.R.E.

Some of her most memorable UF moments were participating in the Gator Institute of Leadership Development, performing in the Asian American Student Assembly, camping at Greek Advance, and sitting in the Rowdy Reptile section at the O’Dome.  

Anita graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Mass Communication. She was recruited by Merrill Lynch at the Career Fair and has spent her career in various financial services roles at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, where she currently works as a Senior Registered Associate in Midtown Manhattan.

Anita loves working and living in Gotham minus the snow and dearly misses ordering pokey sticks from Gumbys!  In her free time, Anita loves to volunteer.  She is a tutor for the Fresh Air Fund and serves on the Board of Directors of the Nanubhai Education Foundation and the Advisory Board of Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc.

Anita and her husband, Anish, can be found exploring NYC in Gator T-shirts and are always excited to meet SEC fans, especially fellow Florida Gators who remember Purple Porpoise.