Annie has 20 years of development experience in both New Orleans and New York City focusing on tax credits, community development finance, affordable housing policy, and public sector real estate development. She currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Education Facilities Development for the State of Louisiana’s Recovery School District, overseeing all aspects of the $2 billion School Facilities Master Plan. The master plan is among the largest school building programs in the country and will build new or renovate 80 schools across the city of New Orleans to serve 55,000 students. Previously she served as the Director of Strategic Finance for RSD where through a unique and innovative approach to using New Markets and historic tax credits, she was responsible for securing $70 million in additional equity for school facility projects.
Annie received a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the Pratt Institute and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2007, she moved to New Orleans to conduct research and manage policy work on affordable housing issues post-Katrina for the Gulf Coast Office of PolicyLink. Prior to joining RSD, she led legislative activities at the federal and state level as Policy Director at the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency (now the Louisiana Housing Corporation). She is active in community work and was recently a member of Mayor Cantrell’s Economic Development Transition team. She has also served on the boards of local community groups such as the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, the Crescent City Community Land Trust and is currently a member of the Historic District Landmarks Commission. She lives in Mid City in New Orleans with her husband and 2 sons.