Anna-1Anna R. Hurt manages the grants portfolio for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s various disaster funds and is the program officer of the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook.

She has more than eight years of experience as a writer and editor.  Prior to joining the CDP team, she worked as a public affairs specialist for the Army, which included editing print products and developing social media and strategic communication plans.

Anna has a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Security Studies, both from Kansas State University.  Her area of emphasis in graduate school was Southwest Asia and the Middle East, and her major research papers were focused on the areas of gender in terrorism and ethnic conflict. She chose to shift gears professionally from public service to private NGO work because of her belief that it is important to approach the world’s problems from the ground up – people cannot build secure and stable countries when they do not have a roof over their heads or food in their stomachs.

Anna is from Shawnee, Kan., and currently lives in Manhattan, Kan.  In her free time, she loves to play softball and volleyball and is an avid runner.

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