As a Master of Public Policy Student at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Anna Lenhart studies the rise of automation and the future of work. She came to this subject after 9 years working in both the nonprofit sector and as a technology consultant. She started her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Shakti Rising, a social change organization. Her year of service was transformative both personally and professionally, altering her perspective on what matters in life and highlighting her natural skill set. In 2013 she founded the Next Generation of Service, an alternative career center for young people interested in Service Year opportunities (now a project of the Service Year Alliance).
Anna graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BA in Civil Engineering and Engineering Public Policy in 2011 and studied waste-to-energy systems in Namibian townships as a Fulbright Fellow. She loves backpacking, rock climbing, and snowboarding, and has visited 29 of the United States National Parks.