Anne moved to New York City in 2003 to attend Barnard College, where she studied political science, human rights and Middle East and South Asian studies. While there, she served as student manager of Columbia University’s Division I men’s basketball program, a transformative experience that helped her build a sense of confidence and community.
When she graduated, Anne sought to bring that same formative experience to other young people, joining a New York City nonprofit called Harlem RBI (now known as DREAM), which uses baseball, softball, and the power of teams to engage youth in school day, summer, and after-school enrichment programs. Anne spent six years with the organization in various roles, including five years leading its $5 million+ foundation and government funding portfolio.
While at Harlem RBI, Anne participated in the 2012-13 cohort of NYU Wagner’s Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service, which helped her grow her skills as both a manager and leader. Anne leveraged this experience in her next position as head of fundraising at Classroom, Inc., an education technology nonprofit that creates and implements immersive digital learning programs for students nationwide. Anne led the organization’s three-person development team during a period of renewal that culminated in a successful $8 million growth capital campaign and 25th Anniversary celebration.
Throughout her various development roles, Anne always felt a pull to contribute to the educational change movement at a systems level, so she joined Educators for Excellence as the organization’s first-ever Foundations Lead. In this role−and most recently, as National Director of Foundation Relations−Anne is thrilled to support E4E’s teacher-led policy and advocacy work by doing what she does best−collaborating with mission-aligned partners to achieve shared philanthropic goals.