Annie Phillips


Annie Phillips joined Education Strategy Group in 2017 to support work that fosters collaboration among K-12, higher education and workforce stakeholders. In this role, Annie has provided technical and strategic assistance on numerous initiatives including efforts to develop a statewide plan to smooth high school/postsecondary transitions in Indiana and to design and execute a collaborative initiative to improve 9-16 IT pathways in the Greater Washington DC Region. Primarily, her focus has been to support states like Rhode Island and North Carolina as they set, plan for and accelerate work to meet ambitious postsecondary attainment goals.

Before ESG, Annie worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for Jobs for the Future’s Pathways to Prosperity initiative where she audited career readiness programs and labor market information to inform several reports and landscape analyses. Prior to that, Annie served as a Program Director at CUNY – LaGuardia Community College where she led a grant-funded professional development program aimed at providing soft skills training and work-based learning opportunities to bilingual and multilingual students.

Annie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Chinese Language from Hamilton College in 2013 following which she taught elementary English and music in central China. In 2017, she earned her master’s degree in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Why are you in this work?

While working at a community college, I witnessed the American higher education system act as an authentic engine of economic and social mobility. Yet that same experience also opened my eyes to our nation’s deeply isolated and devastatingly misaligned K-12, higher education and workforce establishments. I am in this work to build partnerships across these systems in order to strengthen our economy, our society and our future.

Why ESG?

I was attracted to ESG because I believe in their theory of change. That is, I believe that bringing together stakeholders from across many different sectors of society is one of the most effective ways to enact real change in our education system.

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