Anita Rangaswami

Anita Rangaswami has lived in Maricopa County, Arizona for over 35 years. She is a professional with an undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering (EE) from UVCE, Bangalore, master’s in business (MBA) from Arizona State University, and master’s in public health (MPH) from George Washington University.

In the early 1990’s, Anita started her career in Corporate Supply Chain Management roles at large corporations. She has raised a family of three wonderful sons who are now adults, and she enjoys the time she has with her new grandson. She recalls that balancing professional commitments and family life, youth sports, and myriad school activities, along with volunteer work and a personal interest in building a fledgling community of the Hindu faith was not an easy task! But it was certainly rewarding to the spirit, and the efforts helped the children feel connected, and to maintain their sense of identity. Hailing from a family with generations of Hindu faith background, and married to a Hindu, she chose to dedicate some time to lead a monthly Hindu worship assembly for 27 years. That was in full swing until COVID’19 struck which led to a gradual halt of the activities, and the group disbanded. It was not possible to conduct the group prayer sessions via zoom.

Anita was also one of the Founding Directors of the Kannada Sangha of Arizona in 1988. It continues to be a socio-cultural and educational non-profit organization in the valley. She is also the founder of Prana Gyana Holistic Health and Wellness Center, that started in 2007. Anita strongly believes in and promotes the adage of “prevention is better than cure.” Her past public health related work has included individual consultations, educational workshops, and specific yoga classes for children, seniors, and adults living in various communities, across the valley.

Anita loves the mission of the AZIFM and the credo of the Golden Rule! She has been an active Board member of the Arizona Interfaith Organization since Jan 2014.

Here are a couple of thoughts on Education that she would like to share:

“There will be many teachers in the journey of life: the good ones teach you what to do, and the others teach you what not to do. There are important lessons to learn from both.”

“Life is all about learning and unlearning from cradle to grave. Learn well what is nutritious for your mind, body and spirit, and practice unlearning things that are not good for you.”