Anne-Marea Griffin is an international development professional who has focused her professional life on African affairs, philanthropy, and program management. Now a Senior Fellow for Africa at the Center for American Progress, she most recently served as Senior Director, Diaspora Partnerships at UNICEF USA.
Dr. Griffin earned her B.A. degree from Harvard University, M.A. from Northwestern University, spent a year on a fellowship at Yale University, and earned her Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Bath, U.K. She has travelled to and lived in Africa for 25 years, residing the last nine in South Africa.
Anne’s early experience ranged from positions at Think Tanks (Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and the Investor Responsibility Research Center) and international development NGOs (Africare and Save the Children). Her early career began within the international affairs arena in Washington D.C., beginning in the field of foreign policy advocacy at TransAfrica, later moving to Capitol Hill, where she was staff consultant for the House Subcommittee on Africa.
While in Africa, Anne founded AHEAD, Ltd., an education NGO that promoted scholarships, research networking and youth development. Her other positions included senior level consultancy and program officer work with major philanthropic institutions such as the Ford Foundation, ELMA Philanthropies, Carnegie Corporation and the MasterCard Foundation. On her return to the U.S., Anne consulted for U.S. Agency for International Development, served as Deputy Director, Office of Program Partnerships with the U.S. African Development Foundation and also as Director at the Global Health Advocacy Incubator, with a focus on South Africa and the Caribbean.