Anne Wells

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Anne Wells, Founder & Executive Director

A global social entrepreneur, Anne Wells is Founder and Executive Director of Unite The World With Africa. In May 2014 Anne was recognized for her work to empower youth at home and in Africa and to advance grassroots women’s health, education and microfinance initiatives throughout Tanzania by being named a “Local Defender” by the Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Anne leads annual global service tours and facilitates multidisciplinary life skills, healthcare and business development programs in collaboration with her NGO partners throughout East Africa. In 2014 Anne is enrolling in a MFA program for creative non-fiction writing for social justice at Antioch University in Southern California to use her voice to further impact change for women and children in Africa.

Under UNITE, Wells co-leads with Simone Quinn the Unite for Africa student club/youth group, which empowers middle- and high-school age children in America to experience their power as global change agents.

In conjunction with award-winning ad agency MILK, Anne launched in 2010 an online retail store featuring the Ashe’ Collection (“thank you” in Maasai), a 100% philanthropic initiative featuring jewelry, sandals, belts, bags and photography from East African artists to support income-generating programs and to raise awareness and funds.

Anne is a seasoned marketing and communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience working with corporations and not-for-profits — including Safe Water Network in Westport, CT; The Center of Contemporary Arts in St. Louis; and Haystack Toys in St. Louis. Anne is also the author and publisher of the two non-fiction books: Raising Babies in St. Louis and Raising Kids in St. Louis, which sold and distributed nearly 30,000 copies. She has worked as a writer and editor for a number of national publications, including BabyTalk and Parenting Magazines.

Anne also serves as an Advisor the Board for Nurturing Minds in Africa and the Sega Girls School in Morogoro, Tanzania, a board member for Moyo International and an advisor to Evolve The Conversation – a movement to celebrate the art of communication.

Anne received her BA in Anthropology from Kenyon College in 1993 (and was awarded the Margaret Mead Award). She attended the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1995/1996. Anne is married to David Wells, and together they have three daughters — ages 9, 11 and 13. Email Anne directly at anne@unitetnz.org.

The drums of Africa still beat in my heart. They will not let me rest while there is a single boy or girl without a chance to prove his worth. –Mary McLeod Bethune

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