Annie Grier


Director of Community and Equity

As Director of Community & Equity, Annie works to grow and support the feedback community through building new partnerships, nurturing existing relationships, developing feedback professionals, and envisioning new ways that we can use feedback to achieve social equity.

Annie is a macro social worker dedicated to advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, anti-racism, accessibility, and sustainability (IDEAAS) within organizations, communities, and systems. Her commitment to IDEAAS is present in her previous work leading diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at a university for two years; eight years of project management for criminal justice research, policy, and intervention design; and seven years of developing critical and innovative programs within nonprofits and criminal justice systems in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, Missouri, and Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Social Work, specializing in research, from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

In her spare time, Annie is an adjunct professor in the Fordham University and Columbia University Social Work programs, where she instructs on working with organizations and communities, integrating practice with research and evaluation, mass incarceration and reentry, and social welfare policy. Also, she is a Commissioner for the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work and a field supervisor for several social work schools across the country. She retired in 2019 from a career as a professional football player, running full speed at quarterbacks and ball carriers as a defensive linewoman (#59) for the St. Louis SLAM Women’s Professional Tackle Football Team, with whom she won three national championships in the Women’s Football Alliance. Now she serves as a Director on the team’s board.

Core Belief

Those closest to an issue are also closest to its solution.

Feedback Superpower

Learning from “failure”.

Management Mantra

A good leader is never threatened by having brilliant people on their team; in fact, they seek it, invite it, and cultivate it in others.