Anna Kashner has been with the PPGNHAIK Education department in a leadership role for the past 14 years. Her entire career has been in the field of education, including her first job teaching swimming lessons at the Rainier Beach Pool in Seattle. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz in California she was hired as an AmeriCorps member teaching service learning in the Oakland Public Schools. She then spent 10 years as a high school teacher in the Bay Area—working with young people who would be the first in their families to go to college as well as youth who were recently adjudicated from the juvenile detention centers. After receiving a degree in Public Health at the University of Washington, Anna came to work for Planned Parenthood as an Education Manager: her dream job that combined her education, public health and women’s studies background. She’s been through 3 mergers and one strategic alliance and helped procure almost $40 million dollars in the last ten years for the Education Department. In her twelve years with PPGNHAIK Education Anna has taught sex ed in the classroom, talked to families about puberty, trained teachers and educators and answered awkward questions about sex from teens, adults and just about everyone in her life. In addition, as an Education leader Anna has worked with others to bring a race, gender and sexual orientation justice lens to the learning and professional development of the Education staff as well as to the sex ed programs offered to young people. The two most important values that Anna leads with are Integrity and Learning.
Anna was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and has spent significant time living in the San Francisco Bay Area, different cities in Mexico, and Peru. She has a four-year-old daughter named Lyla and tries to follow the advice that someone gave her—remember you are raising an adult. To be clear, Lyla is fully living as a kid (playing, drawing, running, and having temper tantrums) but she also is learning to do dishes, be kind, express her feelings, listen and empathize with others, and help out with the bills. Last year they were fortunate to be able to leave the U.S. twice, and spend time in Chile and in Mexico.