ANAY POPE (she, her, hers)
Manager of Workforce and Post-Secondary Programming
Anay Pope was raised in Braddock, PA and is a former student of Woodland Hills High School. She graduated from Indiana University of PA with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and in Special Education with a concentration in Urban Education and a minor in Educational Psychology. She also earned a master’s degree in Higher Education with a Student Affairs emphasis from Penn State - University Park where she completed research on student engagement, experiential learning, and prison and university socialization. Through this work, she has co-created programs focusing on social justice, education, empowerment, community action, and networking. Additionally, Anay has worked as an elementary school teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools, Graduate Assistant of Social Justice and Diversity, Director of a local daycare and direct care service entity for individuals aging, at-risk, and recovering. Prior to coming to YES, she was the Director of Social Services for a Skilled Nursing Facility. At YES, Anay is an innovative thought leader who leverages her unique educational and employment experiences to design, direct, monitor, and evaluate YES programs, frameworks, and curriculum.