Anna comes with a diverse background in youth development, international education, U.S.-Japan relations, global health, and cross-sector diplomacy. The one common thread that connects these disparate fields of endeavor is her passion for helping people.
Anna co-lead Gray Matters Capital’s coLABS global initiative that was launched in 2017. Her role entailed partnership outreach, business and pipeline development, investment negotiations, and supporting entrepreneurs with pilot seed funding, rapid prototyping, impact evaluation, and advisor support.
She was previously the Program Manager for the U.S.- Japan Council in Washington, DC and has experience in Japan, South Africa, Uganda, Nicaragua, India, and Indonesia. She co-founded an international philanthropy consulting firm to support faith-based organizations and philanthropists in translating good ‘intentions’ to global ‘impact’.
In 2007, Anna was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct cross-cultural sociological research regarding the U.S. military in Japan. She has a Masters of Public Health specializing in global health practice from the University of South Florida and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Centre College.
A video call with Anna will invariably have her pet cat Fergie making a cameo appearance.
What’s more to know about Anna? Her yen for Japanese language and culture, hiking as a mode of self discovery and a taste for the finer things in life such as dark chocolates, charcuterie boards and red wine!