Anna is the Founder and Managing Partner of Ascend, a diversity-owned firm providing executive search services at the most senior levels – board directors, partners/managing directors, the C-suite and their direct reports (through VP and senior manager levels). As a veteran search consultant with over 20 years of experience, Anna has built a reputation for recruiting hard to find talent for large, global companies as well as high-growth, entrepreneurial or private equity backed enterprises. Her practice covers professional services, information services, digital technology, SaaS and data & analytics. She is strategic, unbiased, and personally invested in every search focused on delivering best-in-class talent. Clients and candidates value Anna’s counsel and view her as a trusted advisor versus a search vendor.
At her core, Anna is an entrepreneur. In addition to founding Ascend in 2007, Anna was a founding partner of the Cheyenne Group and established the Media, Publishing, and Entertainment Practice at Monster-owned Johnson, Smith & Knisely. Prior to search, Anna served in sales, marketing and management roles in publishing, new media, and educational technology with companies including Meredith Corporation, Bertelsmann’s Gruner & Jahr, and Whittle Communications. She is a veteran in the search world, yet remains committed to finding new ways to make search better, faster, and more fulfilling for both clients and candidates.
Anna holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She is a strong advocate of the arts having long served on the Board of Directors at Steppenwolf Theater Company before focusing her attention on arts education for Chicago’s most deserving and underserved students by working on the board of Urban Gateways. Anna is based in Chicago with her three children, two dogs, and one husband.