Anne Dudro, SENIOR ASSOCIATE
With extensive experience in federal policy development and high-level program and personnel management, Anne Dudro works on several of HCM’s largest postsecondary clients and supports the firm’s work testing new business models that can increase the number of Americans with high-quality, affordable postsecondary credentials. Raised in a family of educators who instilled in her the importance of hard work and higher education, Anne received financial aid and scholarship funds to pursue a bachelor’s degree in government at Saint Lawrence University. While there, Anne minored in education, student teaching and passing the state teacher’s examination before moving to Washington, D.C. After working in government affairs for the American Continental Group, Anne began a career in the executive branch. She served first in the White House speechwriting office and later worked for the White House deputy chief of staff for policy, where she helped manage the policy development process.
Anne thrived in the White House’s fast-paced environment and soon received recognition for her management and policy skills. As a result, she moved to the Department of Education, where she served as a special assistant to Secretary Margaret Spellings and then later as a senior advisor in the Office of Postsecondary Education. While there, she provided strategic guidance on college aid, international education, and teacher training policies. A believer that good managers determine clear priorities and invest in a talented staff, Anne perfected her management skills as chief of staff for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. In that role, she successfully managed an office of 42 federal grant programs, legislative and regulatory affairs, more than 200 employees, and an annual budget of $26 billion.
A native of New York, Anne lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and three young children. She enjoys running and reading, and is a member of an active book club where every member actually reads the book.