Co-Executive Director, Girl Up
Anna Blue is the Co-Executive Director of Girl Up, a groundbreaking organization that mobilizes, trains, and empowers influential teen girl leaders through community organizing, advocacy, and global networking. Anna has over a decade of experience managing teams and implementing education and activism-based programs, becoming an innovative leader in program and campaign development, fundraising, and communications.
At Girl Up, Anna has worked to stabilize fundraising and strategically engage corporate partners and individual donors, helping to move Girl Up from a start-up campaign to a sustainable global organization that is creating tangible change for girls. Anna facilitated the creation of Girl Up’s influential advisory board, and leads collaboration and engagement efforts to ensure the board’s success.
She previously worked at the Washington Jesuit Academy (WJA), a nonprofit scholarship-based middle school for some of Washington, DC’s most underserved boys, where she led a multimillion-dollar capital campaign, which increased endowment and supported the construction of new athletic facilities. In addition to her fundraising efforts, Anna created and implemented the school’s first strategic plan for communications, which included a full rebrand of messaging, materials, and website, as well as significantly increased media coverage for WJA.
Before her move to education, Anna spent the first half of her career working in multiple sectors of policy and advocacy – trade association, nonprofit, corporate, political campaigns, and in the U.S. Senate. In 2008, she found her love and passion for youth empowerment while working as a community organizer focused on increasing youth voting in three swing-states during the presidential election. Anna proudly serves on the board of directors for Girls Health Ed and Teen FemiList, both committed to changing the lives of girls around the world.