Anna Auerbach

Anna Auerbach

Chief Operating Officer


Moonridge Group

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
First, I worked in for-profit consulting and discovered the way to solve tough problems.
Then, I found out I wanted to use that to achieve social change.
Then, I followed great people to try new experiences combining problem solving and passion.
And then, I started thinking of the root causes that underlie challenges.
And then, targeted exactly those organizations that focus on solutions to those challenges.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Sharon High School
Bachelor
Economics, General
Brandeis University
Bachelor
Psychology, General
Brandeis University
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
Harvard

Career

Chief Operating Officer

I help philanthropists and nonprofits achieve their goals and bring audacious projects to life.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Education
Helping People

Day to Day

My day toggles between big strategy and small operational details, all while inspiring and motivating both my staff and clients. A great day for me is one that includes multiple clients (I like balancing a lot), some great conversations, big insights...all while making it home in time to put my 2 year old son to bed. When you are a parent, it's almost as though the stakes on each and every day are raised...I owe it to him, and to myself, to make a difference every single day.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

School is so important, and I truly believe in advanced degrees, but there is nothing like on-the-job, hands-on training. There are concrete tools you will need for every job, but it's the soft skills that I think are the most important and the hardest. Training in psychology and organizational behavior are probably my most powerful tools. I would also highly encourage public speaking and presentation training. It's truly amazing how much comes down to relationships and how you communicate.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

The first step is to figure out what you are truly passionate about. It sounds simple but most of us have lots of things we care about. It's almost impossible to narrow down to one or two...and I will be the first to admit that what I thought was my true passion ended up being maybe 3rd or 4th down the list. This leads to the second step, which is to look at what organizations embody your passion, and true change or innovation in that sphere. That may actually lead you back to the first step!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Economics, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, General
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

"So you do charity work so you can 'opt out?'"