Committed to social justice grassroots activism, Anna devoted the bulk of her University of Virginia undergrad experience to fighting for gender equality and queer rights, as well as engaging in HIV research. As student liaison to the Executive Committee of the LGBT Resource Center, Anna helped renew the organization’s commitment to confidentiality and support for closeted and questioning students by launching UVA’s 2003 SAFE SPACE Campaign in coordination with the Office of Student Life, reaching all 2500 members of the faculty and administration. With an academic focus in international HIV and AIDS policy, Anna applied and won two prestigious research awards, designing and executing independent research projects in West and Southern Africa. For her work producing a documentary based on her research, UVA’s Women’s Center honored Anna as their 2003 Young Feminist Scholar and invited her to present her work in their Artists, Scholars, and Leaders Lecture Series.
Return to Alumni
Upon graduation, Anna returned once again to Africa -- this time in the capacity of a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland doing HIV and AIDS education, care, and impact mitigation where her work included helping establish an orphan feeding center and informal school, an AIDS support group income-generating project, and an out-of-school youth prevention program.
With the support of The Point Foundation, Anna pursued her Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health where she focused on Genderqueer Youth and Transgender HIV issues. Anna currently serves as a USAID Health, Population, and Nutrition Officer in the Foreign Service. Her work focuses on post-conflict health reconstruction and has included South Sudan, Liberia, and Pakistan.
Juggling an overseas life, Anna makes time to return to Baltimore as often as possible – a place she calls “home.” Maintaining professional ties at Johns Hopkins, Anna regularly lectures in the "Advanced Topics of HIV" course. Arguing for a radical shift in public health paradigms for gender nonconforming populations, she challenges students to think critically about research design, methodology and intervention strategies for marginalized populations. A retired member of the Charm City Roller Girls and current Water Ballerina with Fluid Movement, Anna still believes in the transformative power of community (and costumes!).
This profile was updated with information provided in Summer 2012.