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Career highlights

After fundraising stints at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First), Anne launched Anne Travers Consulting in 2003. Since then she has criss-crossed the United States and the globe, helping 70+ organizations grow and thrive.

Board service

The Story Prize, Arts Engine, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, and St. Peter’s Church Chelsea.

Funder Underwriters

The Covenant Foundation, Ford Foundation, JEHT Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Public Welfare Foundation, and United Nations Foundation

About Anne

Anne’s professional training was in theater. Early years spent as an actress, then as a performer and writer of political satire, eventually translated into working directly for the causes she cares about most. After two years as Development Writer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Anne lived and traveled in Central Europe with her husband and son for a year. On her return to the US, she served first as Foundation Officer and then Director of Development for one of the country’s leading human rights organizations, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now called Human Rights First).

While at HRF, Anne helped the organization double its income and secure its first seven-figure gifts, and was also seconded to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva to assist on their fundraising. After nine years at HRF, in 2003 she launched her own independent consulting practice and has since helped a variety of social justice, human rights, and arts groups attract new supporters, increase their revenues, and build sustainable organizations.

Anne attended Dartmouth College and graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Humanities. She studied acting with Stella Adler. She and her husband, playwright Joe Sutton, reside in New Jersey. They have two sons, James and Nicholas.