Annie is an impartial adviser to the CEOs and boards of some of the world’s most high-profile organizations. She guides her clients through substantive change, innovation and social entrepreneurship, often by bringing together the private and public sectors. She has significant expertise helping rapidly evolving organizations grow where existing models may not exist, applying an innovator’s mindset to help ensure the right level of change to catalyze versus paralyze. She looks beyond pedigree in order to recruit leaders who align not only with the role, but also will succeed within the broader context of the operating environment. In addition to recruiting C-level executives, she advises on organizational restructuring, organizational culture and critical board/governance issues, including succession. She is passionate about diversity and equality. She serves on the boards of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and Project HOPE, bringing firsthand perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing boards and leaders at the intersection of public, private and third sector implementers and funders.


Annie has specialized experience in:

  • Chief executive officers
  • Board advisory
  • Board recruitment
  • Succession (CEO, board, founder)
  • Organizational culture


Additional expertise in:

  • Global public health
  • Global development
  • Social enterprise
  • Innovation economy
  • NGOs
  • Biopharma/healthcare


Recent work

  • Advising on CEO succession for a former U.S. president and the board of an innovative, independent global health nonprofit and on the CEO recruitment for an international foundation created by a Nobel laureate and international activist
  • Collaborating with a group of CEOs from multinational conglomerates and entrepreneurs across industries to recruit a CEO for a global nonprofit initiative that brings together global leaders from business and civil society to advance sustainability and human rights in business
  • Leading multiple clients through the transitions of founder-led to next-generation CEOs, including organizational assessment and culture evolution
  • Leading talent recruitment for several new entities, including advising the founding CEO, chair and board of a new impact investing fund on an organizational culture evolution and executive team effectiveness; helping an international NGO to optimize the potential of its global, dispersed leadership after a strategic refresh; advising the CEO of a fund for the largest public school system in the U.S. to address opportunities in education reform and opportunity
  • Advising the board of a pre-IPO biotech company in recruiting its founding CEO, then advising the CEO as he built his full management team and board post-IPO
  • Recruiting the CEO and chairman of a public gene therapy company and advising on organizational culture as it prepared to enter the commercial space

Previous Experience

  • Managing director and founder of the global development practice and office managing partner, Washington, D.C., for another global leadership advisory firm
  • Various roles in research environments, including the Department of Neuropathology and Neurobiology at Johns Hopkins University Hospital; Department of Neurosurgery/Cerebrovascular Disease at the University of Virginia Medical Center; University of Connecticut and Lombardi Cancer Research Center at Georgetown University


  • B.A. in biology from the University of Virginia
  • Post-graduate business program at the McIntire Business Institute, University of Virginia
  • Executive Education Leadership Program at Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Practice Areas