Anna Pond provides management consulting services to help private foundations, higher educational institutions, and nonprofits become more effective. Consulting projects include designing and closing out grantmaking portfolios, serving in interim executive leadership capacities for philanthropy organizations and initiatives, and facilitating institution-wide strategic planning and organizational assessment processes, including higher education reaccreditation. Recent clients include: the Ford Foundation, the California Foundation, Philanthropy New York, D5/Diversity in Philanthropy Project, Foundation Center, GrantCraft, Nonprofit Coordinating Committee, Taproot Foundation, Hostos Community College, CUNY Central, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and Queens College.
Anna works across issue areas and has published on a range of topics from women’s multicultural leadership to access to health care for underserved communities. She most recently authored Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together, a 2015 GrantCraft guide for grantmakers.
A former program officer at The California Endowment, Anna started her career in nonprofit leadership development and immigrant’s rights. Anna earned her BA in Philosophy from Yale College and her Master in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She serves as an advisor to Take the Lead, a national women’s leadership organization, and as the Board Chair for Bailey’s Café, a Brooklyn-based grassroots nonprofit that brings generations together through arts and service. In addition to 25 years of professional and volunteer service, Anna is an actor (AEA and SAG) and writer, currently working on a play on racial justice issues.