Anna Isaacson, Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility, NFL

Anna Isaacson, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Anna Isaacson, Advancing Women Executives Leader

As Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility for the National Football League, Anna Isaacson directs the league's social, charitable and philanthropic endeavors, including how the NFL addresses issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and other critical societal issues. She also oversees the work of the NFL Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country.

In this role, she oversees the development of a full range of education, training and support programs relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, character education and others topics to reach both members of the NFL family and the broader society.

Anna also leads the NFL’s breast cancer platform, A Crucial Catch, and executes many of the initiatives that fall under NFL PLAY 60, the league’s effort to combat youth obesity across the nation. She launched the NFL’s unified military appreciation campaign, Salute to Service in 2011. She is also responsible for developing and directing corporate social responsibility activities that take place at NFL Draft, Kickoff, Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl. Anna also manages NFL Auction, the official auction site of the NFL and a digital platform that donates 100% of its net proceeds to support NFL and team charities. She is also  co-chair of the NFL’s Diversity Council, a committee that oversees many of the league’s diversity-related initiatives such as the NFL’s first employee networking group, the Women’s Interactive Network (WIN).

Prior to joining the NFL, Anna spent five years working in community relations and other capacities for the Brooklyn Cyclones baseball club, minor league affiliate of the NY Mets. At the Cyclones, Anna developed a range of community initiatives and events including the founding of the Brooklyn Baseball Gallery—a small museum dedicated to the history of Brooklyn baseball.

Anna was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  She earned a BA in history from Barnard College and now lives in Manhattan with her husband and son.

Sabiha Chunawala, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Juniper Networks

Sabiha Chunawala, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Sabiha Chunawala, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Sabiha Chunawala is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Juniper Networks, Inc., the industry leader in network innovation located in Sunnyvale, CA.  Sabiha manages the global commercial transaction practice area for Juniper focusing on the creation and negotiation of agreements for the licensing, marketing, support, sale and distribution of Juniper’s products and services and compliance training for the global sales, services and marketing organization.  In addition to her day job, Sabiha participates in continuing legal education panels and in an advisory capacity on the topic of Anti-corruption and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act with the American Conference Institute and Marcus Evans. 

When she is not at her desk at Juniper, Sabiha pursues her passion for philanthropy and giving back to the community.  She serves as President for the Board of the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends whose mission is to strengthen the Library as a pillar of our diverse and thriving community through philanthropic funding, inspired advocacy and active partnership.  She is a member of Advancing Women Executives, a leadership program for senior executives whose mission is to increase the number of women in executive management and on boards to improve the global economy, and California Women Lawyers, a statewide bar association for women that focuses on promoting the advancement of women in the legal profession and actively advocating for the concerns of women in society.

Sabiha received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and her Bachelors in Business Administration, Corporate Finance from Stetson University and is a member of the California Bar Association.

Ann Burke, Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Planning, Wakefern Food Corp.

Ann Burke, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Ann Burke, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Following a 30 year legal career, Ann Marie Burke was appointed Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Planning of Wakefern Food Corp. in January 2008. Wakefern is a cooperative of 50 member companies who individually own and operate supermarkets under the ShopRite and Fresh Grocer banners and is the largest private employer in New Jersey. Ann joined Wakefern in 1996 as Corporate Counsel responsible for litigation management, employment matters, real estate transactions, insurance, contracts and corporate governance.  In her current role, she oversees recruitment, training, associate relations and compensation and benefits administration.  

Ann began her career as a trial attorney for the Army Corps of Engineers in New York in 1979. She then became chief litigation counsel for a Fortune 500 engineering company for eight years before joining Wakefern.

The Executive Women of New Jersey recognized Ann in 2010 with its “Salute to the Policy Makers” Award in 2015. She was also featured as a “Woman of Influence in the Food Industry” by the Griffin Report. In 2008, Ann was honored with the Platinum WILL (Women in Leadership and Law) Award by the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. Ann has been awarded the Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) Award by the YWCA in 1988 and 2002 for her contribution to the success of American business and now serves on the TWIN Awards board.

Active in many community youth organizations, Ann received the Elizabeth Seton Award from the Archdiocese of Newark for her 10 years as a Girl Scout leader, as well as the Outstanding Leader Award by the Essex-Passaic Girl Scout Council. In 2014, Ann was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey and is very active in leadership and mentoring programs. Ann was a founding member and Trustee of the North Jersey Association of Female Executives, a networking group that awards scholarships and provides mentoring programs for high school girls in Newark, N.J. Additionally, Ann served as the President of the Our Lady of Sorrow School Board, volunteered as the director of the Paterson Diocese National Catholic Forensic League, and was the coach of the St. Elizabeth Academy forensics team. Since 2012, she has served on the Corporate Advisory Board of the Boys and Girls Club of New Jersey and in January 2017, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Community Health Law Project.

Ann has been a key organizer of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, which raises more than one million dollars each year for numerous charities. With support dating back to 1986, Wakefern is the longest corporate sponsor of an annual major Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament.

Ann received a Bachelor of Science degree in government and criminology from Florida State University and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University, New Orleans. She also received a certification in Human Resources Studies from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She is a member of the Florida and New Jersey Bars and is accredited by the Department of Veterans Administration.