Annie Knickman Plancher

Director & Harvard Ed.L.D. Fellow

Office: Boston Year: 2017

Annie Knickman Plancher is a Director of Advisory Services at Social Finance, where she is doing a one-year Residency through the Doctorate of Education Leadership program at Harvard Graduate School of Education.  In her doctorate studies, Annie has focused on: funding flows in U.S. K-12 education, connecting funding with outcomes, and thinking about how to better prepare secondary and post-secondary students for fruitful and fulfilling careers.  At Social Finance, Annie is focused on exploring the role of Pay-for-Success in education, career and technical education, and workforce development.

Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Annie worked for McKinsey & Company as a management consultant working with education organizations in the public and private sectors, as well as healthcare companies.  Her work focused on a range of topics, including organizational and product strategy, organization design, and operational effectiveness.  In her last two years with McKinsey, Annie launched and led an independent nonprofit, McKinsey Social Initiative, focused on leveraging McKinsey’s resources to address global social issues.  The nonprofit’s first effort, Generation, aimed to support unemployed young people in five countries in building workforce skills and securing jobs.  Annie graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, where she studied psychology and economics.