Annette is a bilingual communication strategist who brings her bicultural, bicoastal, and Spanish language broadcast journalism experience to enhance her work. Her personal, professional, and academic experiences as a Black immigrant and first-generation college graduate have intimately informed her on the impact of policies on the human experience and fostered her passion for social justice issues.
Annette uses communication to center the wholeness and complexity of diverse communities and inform policymakers about the impact of programs on communities with low-wages and low-wealth, many of whom are Black, immigrant, Indigenous, and/or Latino.
At Spitfire, Annette partners with clients across a range of issues, including environmental and health equity, to effectively communicate with stakeholders and decision-makers to spark change. She also works with the learning team to help clients become more effective spokespeople and build overall capacity.
Before joining Spitfire, Annette was a communications officer for The Pew Charitable Trusts where she managed the international marine protection portfolio for the Blue Nature Alliance. She previously directed communication efforts at several national and local NGOs based in Washington, DC., and New York City where she worked on health care and health equity policy issues, as well as created communication strategies focused on workforce development, affordable lending for entrepreneurs, and grants for cultural and artistic organizations led by people of color.
Annette earned a Master of Policy Management from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Florida International University. She has a Certificate in Education Finance from the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida.
Annette’s growth mindset propels her to continue to learn by reading, listening to podcasts, attending lectures, and taking courses and workshops. Annette is an avid runner and cyclist who is a board member of Madison Bikes in Madison, Wisconsin.