Anne has spent over 20 years working in the public sector on issues including child welfare, hunger, welfare reform, workforce development, community development, and higher education. Since 2011, Anne has led the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap initiative at the Insight Center, elevating the voices and opinions of experts of color in national economic debates and policy making. Her tireless work has brought the issue of the racial wealth gap into mainstream consciousness and vernacular with an explosion of media coverage of the data and research quantifying racial differences in wealth accumulation.
Anne possesses a deep understanding of the relationship between data analysis, program development, and public policy, enabling her to effectively communicate complex social issues, data findings, and programmatic trends across a wide range of disciplines and perspectives.
Prior to joining the Insight Center, Anne was the Project Director for California Tomorrow’s Community College Access and Equity Initiative, where she worked to introduce community college equity issues into a wide range of existing state, system, and campus-level conversations to garner increasing support for equity based reforms aimed at improving success for marginalized students.
Anne has worked as a Senior Associate at the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, where she distributed new data and fresh thinking on the city’s undereducated labor market as part of a larger strategy to build public and political will around workforce development issues.
Anne spent several years at Seattle’s Human Services Department, where she served as the Community Development Block Grant Administrator and Strategic Advisor to the Director. In her role she was responsible for the overall grant administration and day-to-day operations of the City of Seattle’s highly visible and politically charged $16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and $19 million in federal loans. During her tenure, she designed and implemented the first results-based request for proposal process for the $1.4 million HUD funded Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) grant.
Her dedication to work supporting social change has taken her throughout the country, and has required that she improve systems, practices, and policies for struggling families and neglected communities of color. She has led groups and individuals through effective, transformative processes of learning and growth, developed fundraising strategies, and managed and led complex projects in the non-profit and government sectors on issues related to education reform, workforce development, community development, and social, economic and racial justice issues.
Anne holds a BA in Economics from Hampton University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the Milano School of Management and Urban Policy in New York City.