Passionate about supporting entrepreneurs as a catalyst for social change, Anne has committed her life to building communities and entrepreneurial ecosystems primarily in emerging markets. As a business and development strategist Anne has worked with non-profits, governments, companies and investors to realize value while maximizing social impact. Anne has traveled the world and has enjoyed learning from different cultures, and above all has learned that humans love a sense of community.
Anne earned a masters degree from Cornell University where she concentrated in international development. She graduated with honors and was awarded the Adams Award for leadership and academic excellence. Anne is currently the Director of Strategy and Development at SEAF (Small Enterprise Assistance Funds), an investment firm which invest in small businesses in frontier markets. In this capacity she is developing the operational strategy for their business accelerator program CEED (the Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development). Prior to joining SEAF, Anne was an Investment Officer with USAID’s newly formed, Private Capital Group for Africa. In this capacity, she structured a multi-donor agribusiness fund in Tanzania which invests in small and medium sized agribusinesses while also providing them technical assistance. Anne started her international career as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. In her free time she volunteers at a yoga studio, judges business plan competitions and explores the Bay Area with her husband. Anne loves all things outdoors, including hiking, biking and camping. NOMADgardens brings together her love of gardening and community.