Anne Sweeney

As Co-Founder of New Coast Foundation, Anne built the infrastructure for NCF’s operational strategy, partnership development, and portfolio management. Equal parts strategist, advisor, and problem-solver, her expertise was earned through nearly twenty years as a practitioner working with diverse nonprofit structures in rapidly changing environments. She understands first-hand the complex set of challenges emerging organizations face as they move from start-up to full operations and beyond.

Anne has spent the majority of her career working in the human rights field with various refugee protection and direct service organizations in the US and Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2007, she co-founded Heshima Kenya (now RefuSHE), an internationally lauded nonprofit dedicated to empowering urban refugee girls and young women in Nairobi, Kenya. She has also consulted with the United Nations and numerous nonprofits, both abroad and in the United States.

Anne speaks frequently on nonprofit management, as well as women’s rights and forced migration. She has been featured in the Chicago Tribune’s Remarkable Women’s series and was honored as 100 Women of Inspiration by Today’s Chicago Women magazine. She holds an MA in International Relations from American University, a certificate in International Forced Migration from Oxford University, and a BS from the University of Minnesota. She currently serves on the boards of Mayan Health Initiative and Illinois Birth Justice, of which she is Chairwoman.

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