Annie Knickman Plancher
Chief of Staff and StrategyOffice: Boston Year: 2017
Annie Knickman Plancher is the chief of staff and strategy at Social Finance, where she supports the CEO in leading the organization’s strategy and growth evolution. Prior to this role, Annie led much of the organization’s efforts in the education space as a director of advisory services.
Prior to joining Social Finance, Annie was a management consultant at McKinsey and Co, where she worked with education organizations and healthcare companies on 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, supported unemployed young people in five countries to build workforce skills and secure jobs.
Annie has a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied funding flows in U.S. K-12 education, outcomes-based funding opportunities, and innovative ways to link K-12 education with post-secondary and career opportunities. She graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, where she studied psychology and economics.