NEWARK, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils announced today the appointment of Kate Whitman Annis to the role of Executive Director of the Devils Youth Foundation. The New Jersey native will lead the day-to-day operations of the Devils Youth Foundation, including fundraising, grant strategy, special event planning and community partner relationships. In her role, Whitman Annis will be responsible for driving positive change by leveraging the incredible platform of sports and entertainment provided by the Devils and Prudential Center, one of the world's leading arenas.
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"We are thrilled to announce Kate as the Executive Director of the Devils Youth Foundation," said Devils Youth Foundation Chair Allison Blitzer. "Kate's passion for public service, the youth of this region, and the game of hockey, will allow the Foundation to expand its reach and continue to support meaningful change and growth in the communities we serve. We are excited for the future of the Foundation under Kate's leadership, as well as the celebration we have planned this weekend for a highly impactful local charity."
Whitman Annis joins the Devils Youth Foundation following a decorated career spanning non-profit operations, public service, event management, fundraising, education, communications, and professional sports. Most recently, Whitman Annis was the Development Director at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, N.J., where she led their major gifts and fundraising programs, engagement, stewardship projects, and special events for nearly a decade. Prior to her role at Pingry, she was a Senior Director of Fund Development & Programs for the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey.
A dedicated public servant, Whitman Annis' has an impressive background in government communications and leadership, including experience as a Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives; Communications Director for Chairman Christopher Cox (R-CA), U.S. House of Representatives; Press Secretary for Benson for Governor (Manchester, New Hampshire) and Press Secretary for the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Labor (Washington, D.C.).
Additionally, Whitman Annis has deep connections to the sport of hockey. A former collegiate ice hockey and lacrosse player at Wesleyan University, Whitman Annis served as the Assistant Coach and then General Manager of the Metropolitan Riveters of the Premier Hockey Federation (formerly the NWHL) between 2019 and 2021. Whitman Annis remains entrenched in youth hockey as an Associate Coach in Chief for USA Hockey's Atlantic District, a coach with the New Jersey Colonials, and supporting her four sons, who all play ice hockey.
"I am excited to join the Devils Youth Foundation as their Executive Director," said Whitman Annis. "It gives me the opportunity to maximize my experience in philanthropy, non-profit management, community engagement, and communications coupled with my passion for ice hockey. I am inspired by the the Foundation's mission and feel confident that we have an unparalleled opportunity and platform to empower the youth of our New Jersey communities through sports, live entertainment and music."
Whitman Annis received her master's degree in Business Administration from the Solvay Brussels School and ENPC, and a bachelor's degree in political science from Wesleyan University. She resides in Morristown, NJ with her husband Craig and their four sons.
ABOUT DEVILS YOUTH FOUNDATION:
Devils Youth Foundation (DYF), a 501(c)(3) organization, enriches the lives of New Jersey's youth by creating life-changing opportunities and inspiring youth in our communities through the power of sports and entertainment. The Foundation addresses issues such as food insecurities, health and wellness, safe places to play, learn, and grow, and diversity and inclusion by creating and expanding youth programming through strategic partnerships with community organizations.
The Devils Youth Foundation raises funds for the organizations and initiatives it supports through signature fundraising events like Devils Sweep the Deck Gala, Martin Brodeur's "MB30" Charity Golf Invitational as well as Devils home game 50/50 Raffles, on-going and seasonal online auctions including autographed jerseys, helmets and one-of-a-kind experiences, branded merchandise and apparel sales.
For more information go to DevilsYouthFoundation.org.