Annah MacKenzie joined NACTO in 2020 as Communications Manager for the Global Designing Cities Initiative, a multi-year program that works with cities around the world to promote safe, equitable, and sustainable public space and street design. In this role, she manages and produces editorial content, global messaging strategy, and media/press activities for the program.
Annah brings to NACTO-GDCI over 10 years of experience as a writer and communications strategist in the non-profit, academic, and private sectors. Prior to joining NACTO, Annah worked as Vice President of Communications at Project for Public Spaces, where she managed content production and helped to create and refine organization-wide messaging strategy. Annah has also served as an editing consultant, helping to refine multi-authored policy guidelines for clients such as the Surdna Foundation, the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), and EcoAgriculture Partners. With a focus on social space and community building, at the core of all of Annah’s work is an enduring interest in how we use narrative to create meaning, animate civic life, and inspire social change.
Annah received her PhD in American Studies from the University of Michigan, where she specialized in 20th-century literature and cultural history. She received a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from The New School for Social Research, and she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology and French. Annah is also an alumna of the Trans-Regional Center for Democratic Studies’ (TCDS) Democracy & Diversity Institute in Krakow, Poland. She currently volunteers with the NYC Books Through Bars program.