Anna replaces outgoing President and CEO Janet L. Mintzer, who retired April 30th after almost 20 years of service with the organization.
Anna brings a wealth of non-profit and international leadership and experience to her new role.
Her job history of serving populations in need, especially women and children both domestically and abroad, aligns with Pearl S. Buck International’s mission of carrying on Pearl S. Buck’s legacy of bridging cultures and changing lives through humanitarian aid, intercultural education, and historical tours of the Pearl S. Buck House, a National Historic Landmark.
Pearl S. Buck believed in advocating for the most vulnerable populations, such as children and those facing discrimination due to the circumstances of their birth, and being a voice and activist against gender, racial, and human rights inequalities.
Anna, just like Pearl S. Buck, has a lifelong reputation for social justice commitment.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Administration from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont and her Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University in Camden, NJ.
She began her career as the executive director of the AIDS Coalition of Southern New Jersey, Inc., which she established as a direct services agency to provide support to HIV/AIDS patients and as a planning and development leader of the area’s entire network of HIV/AIDS services.
She also served as the executive director of The South Jersey Council on AIDS, Inc., where she established an integrated structure of care/support services in Southern New Jersey for people with HIV/AIDS including medical services, access to medications, case management, mental health services, counseling, and testing.
When The South Jersey Council on AIDS adopted Kenya as a country to support in the fight against AIDS, Anna became the agency representative to Kenya where she spearheaded a collaborative effort between American and Kenyan agencies to develop a HIV/AIDS Certificate Program for High School Teachers.
Her non-profit service continued as Vice President of Children Services for Dooley House, Inc., where she managed the overall operation of the residential facility for medically fragile children.
It was the first home in New Jersey for children with HIV/AIDS.
Anna also served as Director of Programs for Women Against Abuse, a comprehensive service agency dedicated to legal, educational, shelter and housing services for women and children.
In 2011, she transitioned from non-profit work to the government sector, as a foreign service officer for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which leads the U.S. government’s international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises and progress beyond assistance.
As Executive Officer, she oversaw all aspects, including administration, human resources, information and technology, travel, and communication and records, of USAID overseas missions.
Anna served in USAID Afghanistan as well as USAID Zimbabwe.
As Gender Development Officer, she also administered the USAID/Afghanistan portfolio on “Women and the Economy,” a $72 million dollar initiative to increase women’s participation in the formal Afghan economy through the private sector and workforce development. The program provides a system of support for new and existing women entrepreneurs, including enrolling women in high skilled training, internship and apprentice programs leading to obtaining jobs in various fields including health, education, and information and technology.
“I am humbled by the mission of Pearl S. Buck International and believe Pearl S. Buck’s legacy of valuing diversity and inclusion is as relevant today as it was in her lifetime,” said Anna. “I am honored to take on this new position and continue to promote her legacy.”
PHOTO CAP: Anna Katz