Anya immigrated to Israel from Russia with her mother in the 1990s and settled in the northern part of the country, at Yavne’el. Anya is currently a Jerusalemite, and for the past two and a half years she has been working as the director of culture and events at the Jerusalem International YMCA. In reaching out and catering to the city’s diverse communities, the Y promotes tolerance and serves as a center of coexistence where Jews, Muslims, and Christians come together for cultural events, sports, and other activities. Before coming to work for the Y, Anya was a project manager and producer at 2B-VIBES; a senior event coordinator at the Student Union of Ben Gurion Unversity; director and production manager at Open Apartments, a women’s theater group; and was the first woman to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle for the Israeli Air Force. She has a B.A. in hotel and tourism management, and an MSc in business management and marketing, reciveing a scholarship to the Oxford Brookes University. In addition, recently, after her father suffered a deterioration in his health, Anya took it upon herself to oversee his ranch, which includes two herds of cattle, and is currently in the final stage of obtaining a license to become the first completely organic farm in Israel.