Anitra Manning

Talent and Human Resources Manager
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Dr. Anitra Manning is a talent and human resources manager at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan.

In this role, she designs and implements a comprehensive talent strategy that promotes exceptional talent development across the foundation and within the context of a dynamic philanthropic landscape. She manages day-to-day talent operations, working to improve programs and processes that ensure the foundation attracts, develops and retains professional and executive staff that well-express the values of its founder, W.K. Kellogg.

Manning has served as a leadership development executive across sectors for over 15 years. She has led Fortune 500 and nonprofit organizations in conceptualizing and implementing leadership and learning programs through the integration of innovative solutions, platforms and on-the-job sustainability approaches. Prior to joining the foundation, Manning was the first vice president and business learning strategist lead for SunTrust Banks, Inc. in Atlanta. She also previously served as a leadership development consultant with Bayer CropScience and as the director, strategic partnerships, at the YWCA of the Greater Triangle in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Manning was also the founding director for Meredith College’s Institute for Women’s Leadership and was a leadership development consultant with Girl Scouts of the USA, National Learning Services. She is a member of the Atlanta chapters of the Association for Talent Development and the Society for Human Resources Management.

Manning holds a Doctor of Education in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit