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Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman is a researcher, entrepreneur, and writer hailing from Ghana and Maryland. She is an alum of Harvard University, where she was a Research Scholar in Economics, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is best known for her work with The Sadie Collective, which she co-founded with Fanta Traore, and #BlackBirdersWeek. Her work is frequently featured by leading media and press outlets. In August 2020, she launched Gifty's Plate, a food and photography blog. Currently, she is represented by Leila Campoli at Stonesong Press LLC.




Do not despise small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. - Zechariah 4:10

What kind of work do you do?

I am still at the beginning stages of my career, but I am interested in questions that address the future of work and its implications for Black people across the world. I've worked at University of Chicago, University of Maryland-College Park, University of Mayland- Baltimore County, Michigan State University, Harvard University, and the Urban Institute. Currently, I am now at PNC Bank.

What is the Sadie Collective and what is your role in it?

The Sadie Collective is the first and only organization to date dedicated to addressing the pipeline and pathway problem for Black women in economics and related fields. We were founded in 2018 and our membership has now expanded across 30 states, 120 institutions, and 4 continents. I am one of the co-founders of the Sadie Collective and I currently serve as the CEO.

How do you pronounce your name?

My name is Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, pronounced as Ann-nuh Gif-tee Ah-poke-oo Ah-jah-men.

Who took your photo?

Stephen Frimpong, who is a family friend.

What is #BlackBirdersWeek and what is your role in it?

#BlackBirdersWeek was organized by the Black AF in STEM collective, a digital community of Black scientists, naturalists, and birders founded by Jason Ward. The event took place from May 31, 2020 to June 5, 2020 and drew nationwide attention from major wildlife, science, and media organizations such as the National Aquarium and CNN. I was a co-founder and co-organizer. I primarily assisted with the branding and marketing of the event throughout the week.




I speak on on economic inclusion, diversity and inclusion within academic and professional spaces, and related topics. View her past speaking engagements below.