Dr. Anna Drake Warshaw has studied and led student-centered innovation and change in higher education for over 10 years. In her role as managing director of the UIA, Anna leads the UIA central team and serves as deputy to the executive director, working with institutions and UIA partners to support innovation and collaboration for improved, equitable student outcomes.
A graduate of Davidson College, Anna began her career in nonprofit development at the YWCA Central Carolinas and in university advancement at Queens University of Charlotte. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Texas at Austin, where she held the College of Education Dean’s Research Fellowship from 2013-2017. As a graduate student, Anna worked for the Texas Legislature, the UT-Austin Office of Strategy and Policy, and was appointed statewide student representative to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Financial Aid Advisory Committee. Her dissertation examined state politics and policymaking surrounding college affordability.
Anna served as UIA Fellow and assistant director of the Center for Higher Education Innovation at the University of Central Florida from 2017-2018 and Director of Partnerships, Learning, and Evaluation for the UIA from 2018-2021.