Anna comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with 15 years of experience in external relations and development. She is the Chief Strategy Officer for XPRIZE and directly oversees Global Marketing and Communications, Public Relations, and Advancement and Strategic Relations. Anna works directly with XPRIZE's CEO, Anousheh Ansari and Executive Chairman, Peter Diamandis to identify opportunities for growth, international expansion and brand recognition for XPRIZE.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Anna was the CEO of the Churchill Ripley Group, an international consulting firm that provides clients – private companies, nonprofit organizations, and more – with the tools and strategies needed for financial growth. This work included advice on brand positioning and marketing, public relations management for politicians, principals and world leaders, and business advisory services for family offices and funds looking to raise and invest capital.
Anna was formerly a banker with the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining Merrill, she was the West Coast Head of J.P. Morgan Chase Private Bank’s Philanthropy Center and advised families on matters of legacy planning, philanthropy, governance and impact. Anna started her career in the entertainment business and formerly worked for Gonring Spahn at DreamWorks Studios, and for Creative Artists Agency.
Anna is a Board Advisor to Halogen Ventures, Neighborhood Start Fund and the Near Future Summit.