Anna O’Connor is an associate director in JFF’s Pathways to Prosperity Network, a collaboration between the Harvard Graduate School of Education and JFF, where she supports leaders in K–12, higher education, business and industry, and government in developing and implementing rigorous career pathways leading to high-wage, high-demand jobs that leave open the prospect of further education.
Prior to joining JFF in 2016, Anna worked at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, first in the Office of Planning and Research. There, she was a staff member of the “delivery unit,” a small team helping various units strategically plan and monitor results toward the agency’s six goal areas.
In 2014, Anna started working in the Office of College and Career Readiness as the early college coordinator. Her primary role was to provide support and professional development for early college models throughout the Commonwealth, including the Pathways to Prosperity sites, and collaborate with other early college design initiatives in the state to build a more seamless pipeline to support students in their pursuit of economically viable career pathways.
Anna has a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in child, youth, and family policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She also has a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Worcester State University.