Laneta Fitisemanu

Director of Communications

 

Laneta began her journey with Voices in 2020 as an Early Education and Community Policy Fellow and transitioned to Director of Communications at the end of 2021. She looks forward to continuing the work she started in her fellowship with the goal of strengthening how we inform and educate the public and key stakeholders about the important policy and advocacy work we do.

Laneta has master’s degrees in both Public Administration from the University of Utah and Strategic Communication from Westminster College. Prior to coming to Voices, she spent several years working in higher education in financial aid, academic advising, and program coordination. She also served as the Racial Ethic Disparities Coordinator with the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice and program manager for the University of Utah Internal Medicine-Pediatrics rural residency program. 

Laneta’s love for her community is at the forefront of her work. She is an active board member with the Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition (UPIHC) and has planned and coordinated their annual Pacific Health 5K event for the past 9 years. She is also a member of the Community Research Collaborative with University Neighborhood Partners and is helping with several projects to support better community input and collaboration when it comes to community-based research. She is currently completing a Harvard Oceanic Collections Engagement Fellowship working on a project to revitalize the long-dormant practice of making the Samoan ‘ula lei (whale tooth necklace). 

Laneta loves going to the beach, traveling with her husband and daughter, and never gets sick of eating sushi. She also has a deep appreciation for cute and colorful shoes and has a bag for everything.