Master’s degree in GIS & technology, and public policy from the University of Southern California. Bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Maryville University.
Anna Colby is a senior research associate at PPA. She brings expertise in the federal nutrition programs and substantial experience in food, nutrition, and anti-hunger policy. Ms. Colby is currently assisting with the Kansas WIF (Workforce Innovation Fund) Project Evaluation and the Michigan Healthy Lifestyles Evaluation.
Prior to joining PPA, Ms. Colby worked as a nutrition policy advocate at California Food Policy Advocates. There, she advocated to state and federal policymakers, administrators, and other decision makers to increase access to nutritious, affordable foods for low-income Californians. She analyzed data, conducted and synthesized research, and authored reports. Ms. Colby gained expertise in federal child nutrition programs through her work increasing access to these programs.
She served as assistant director at the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute of the University of Southern California. As assistant director, Ms. Colby managed a collection of diverse projects, from proposal development to completion. She conducted applied policy research on immigration policy and challenges related to demographic diversity. While at the institute she spearheaded the development of their Geographic Information Science (GIS) capabilities.