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Anne Brinker, Chief Operating Officer

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Anne Brinker, Chief Operating Officer

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Anne Brinker

Anne brings more than 15 years of experience with nonprofits including program and grant management, strategic planning and operations.

At the Horizon Foundation, Anne is part of the senior executive team and oversees all finance, technology, human resources, facility and day-to-day business operations.

Throughout her career in Howard County, Anne has chosen positions that challenge and provide growth opportunities for mission-driven organizations focused on improving the quality of life for people in Howard County. Prior to joining the Foundation, Anne served as vice president and director of operations for the Community Action Council of Howard County, where she supervised day-to-day management of numerous programs including the Howard County Food Bank, 13 community pantries and energy and housing assistance.

Anne previously served as director of strategic organizational planning at Columbia Association, where she spearheaded the development of a new strategic plan for the $63 million nonprofit and oversaw the Innovations Center of Excellence to pursue solutions for organizational and community challenges. Prior to that, she was village manager for the King’s Contrivance Community Association.

Anne is vice chair of the board of directors for Leadership Howard County, and has also served on the Howard County Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Task Force. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and an executive certificate in creating collaborative solutions from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Favorite things in Howard County

  • Farmland in western Howard County (especially at sunset with fireflies)
  • Walking the county and CA pathways
  • The incredible sense of community that is unique to Howard County

Why I care about promoting health and wellness

I believe a complete community promotes equitable opportunities for its residents to live their healthiest life. I am deeply committed to promoting health and wellness so Howard County residents can live their best life possible.