Ms. Colby earned master’s degrees in public policy and in geographic information science and technology from the University of Southern California.
Also notable: Ms. Colby is a cyclist and year-round bike commuter. She estimates that she bike commutes over 1,500 miles per year.
She is a member of the Michigan Association for Evaluation and the Nutrition Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN) Food Security Working Group. She has also published peer-reviewed articles on language access and communication in health care.
Anna Colby has extensive experience in public policy development, research, and evaluation. She focuses on food systems and anti-hunger policy and has additional experience in the areas of health care, immigration, education, workforce, and criminal justice. Ms. Colby’s skills include both quantitative and qualitative research methods. She has also received training on implicit bias and brings an equity lens to her work.
Ms. Colby’s food policy work has included research to inform the development of food assistance programs and policies and evaluation of the impacts of nutrition and food access programs. Prior to joining PPA, Ms. Colby worked as a policy advocate where she was instrumental in the development and passage of a California state legislation that increased access to school meals for over 650,000 low-income students.
Clients value Ms. Colby’s commitment to her work, policy expertise, and ability to communicate complex topics in a clear and concise manner.