I just returned from my first trip to East Africa last week. There were so many amazing things I saw...
Atlanta, GA, United States
Manager, Creative Services
Member since June 30, 2009
Anna Benifield is a native of Atlanta, GA. Educated at the Georgia Institute of Technology; she holds a BS degree in Industrial Design. With over 5 years of professional experience in marketing and communications, Anna is the Manager of Creative Services for a large privately held company in Atlanta.
Anna currently resides in the Grant Park neighborhood - one of Atlanta's oldest and most historic neighborhoods home to the Atlanta Zoo, Cyclorama, and Atlanta's oldest surviving city park. She is a strong supporter of her local community through her volunteer work at the Atlanta Zoo as well as her support of the Grant Park Neighborhood Association.
Anna’s love of art and design is only matched by her compassion for nature and wildlife. Anna supports the ideals behind “Bright Green Environmentalism” – the belief that the union of technological change and social innovation provides the most successful path toward sustainable development.
“Innovation + Empathy = Positive Change”
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Grant Park Neighborhood Association
Anna has been freely volunteering graphic design and fundraising services to Atlanta's Grant Park Tour of Homes for four consecutive years; producing all of the artwork for marketing materials used to promote the tour including logo, postcards, posters, banners, yard signs, and the tour guidebook. The Grant Park Tour of Homes proceeds benefit the Grant Park Neighborhood Association, which uses the funds to support organizations involved with restoring and enriching Grant Park. Supported organizations include the Golden Age Center at St. Paul United Methodist Church, the Cooperative Pre-school, the Grant Park Conservancy, and the Neighborhood Charter School.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Aside from contributing to Atlanta’s local community, Anna also fosters two orphaned elephants in Kenya residing at David Sheldrick's Wildlife Trust - a haven for endangered species such as African elephants and black rhino. The ivory trade caused a great number of the infant elephants need for rescue - having to witness their mother's death at the hands of poachers. Daphne Sheldrick was the first person in the world to successfully hand rear newborn milk dependent African Elephant orphans - and she continues to do this today. All of the Trust’s orphans are eventually re-introduced into the wild - taking their rightful place amongst their wild counterparts.