meet anna gifty
Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman is an emerging researcher, entrepreneur, speaker, and writer hailing from Ghana and Maryland. She is one of the co-founders of The Sadie Collective, the only non-profit organization addressing the pipeline and pathway problem for Black women in economics, finance, and policy. Her work has been featured widely by leading press outlets. In 2020, she became the youngest recipient for the CEDAW Women's Rights Award by the UN Convention on the Elimination all forms of Discrimination Against Women. Previous awardees include Vice Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Dedicated to amplifying and dignifying minority voices across the quantitative sciences and STEM, she co-founded the viral digital campaign #BlackBirdersWeek, which drew global attention from major wildlife, science, and media organizations such as the National Aquarium, National Geographic, and BBC, following the Central Park Incident. The digital initiative led her and her co-organizers to become the first recipients to receive the Richard and Patricia Kane Awards for Conservation and Education by the New Jersey Audobon Society in the same year.
She is an alum of Harvard University, where she was a Visiting Student and Research Scholar in Economics, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics and a minor in Economics. She lives by Zechariah 4:10:
Do not despise small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.
areas of [growing] expertise
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Metrics and Analytics
Moderation & Facilitation