Anne Robinson Wadsworth Executive Director, Girls Education Collaborative

After 20-plus years of ‘on and off ramping’ between work and motherhood, Anne dedicated her career and heart to working on behalf of girls and their educations.

Anne currently serves as the Executive Director of the Girls Education Collaborative, a US-based non-profit that sprung out of an initiative from the University at Buffalo, New York.

She has always been an advocate for improving education, both access to and the quality of. She served as the President of the School Board in East Aurora, New York; helped to open Enterprise Charter School; has lobbied on behalf of public education; served as a trustee at the Buffalo Seminary (an independent girls school) and has developed and run informal education programs.

Frustrated by the lack of female representation in our own government, Anne took time off from earning her Masters in Public Administration at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, in order to support a couple of great women candidates and run their campaigns. In 2008 she helped bring the democratic underdog, Alice Kryzan to victory in the primary for US Congress NY-26. Alice lost to Chris Lee in the general election. Four years later Alice lost a battle to cancer. In her memoriam, a library is being built in her name as part of the Kitenga School for Girls – a Girls Education Collaborative project.

In addition to believing in the power of educating girls, Anne believes in water – that there should be plenty of it and it should be clean; she serves on the board of the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

Learn more about the Collaborative: Girls Education Collaborative