Annie is the Special Assistant to the CEO and works with the Senior Manager of Operations to manage systems and execute business-related tasks to support the CEO and to ensure that the team collaborates effectively. Annie was drawn to the work of Education Forward DC because of her deep belief in the power of disrupting patterns of inequity and improving educational outcomes for kids in DC. Prior to joining Education Forward DC, Annie coordinated board, governance, and executive leadership relations at 340B Health, a healthcare trade association. Prior to that, she steered and supported vocational and academic programs at Simpson College and American University. Annie earned her BA in Political Science from Simpson College and a master’s in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from American University. Originally from Sioux City, Iowa, Annie currently resides in DC’s Edgewood neighborhood with her significant other, Alex. In her free time, Annie enjoys checking places off her travel bucket list, binge-watching 80s/90s sitcoms, and reading womanist prose and poetry.