What brings me to this work?
Earning a college degree opened a world of possibilities for me. To this day, I am grateful for all those who helped me get to and through college. For this reason, I’m thrilled to be part of an organization committed to helping Atlanta Public Schools’ students to succeed in college and beyond.
Anona Shugart Walker graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Management. She holds a master’s degree in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. As the Director, Postsecondary Partnerships, Anona supports Achieve Atlanta’s college success programming to ensure each Achieve Atlanta Scholar persists to complete college and earn a degree. Prior to joining Achieve Atlanta, Anona held roles in strategy, innovation, and community engagement at Fulton County Schools. Most recently, she developed and managed community partnerships in the Banneker High School feeder pattern as a part of a comprehensive school turnaround strategy. In addition, Anona spent several years working as a fifth-grade teacher in East Palo Alto, California, and held multiple roles at a family foundation based in Los Angeles, California.