Q&A: Anna Walker '17, Development and Marketing Associate at Partners for the Common Good

Feb. 22, 2019

Anna Walker discusses what she has been doing since graduation, highlighting why she choose a career as a development and marketing associate.

What are you doing now?

I am currently finishing up my Princeton Project 55 Fellowship year at Partners for the Common Good, a community development financial institution (CDFI) based in Washington, D.C. We are a nonprofit loan fund with a mission of advancing economic justice and opportunities for low-income communities and individuals.

As the development and marketing associate, I work on our online platform that connects mission-driven capital to projects in disinvested areas, assist with grant writing and investor relations, and develop marketing materials for the organization.

What do you like most about this position?

I love working at a nonprofit organization that is truly in line with Princeton's motto. We are a small nonprofit, so I have the opportunity to be involved in all facets of PCG's work contributing to financial inclusion across the country and the globe—truly in the service of the nation and humanity.

What are a few experiences that helped you realize this post-graduation plan was a good first-step for you?

I attended multiple [the Center for Career Development] events that exposed me to the myriad avenues Princeton students can pursue post-graduation. The [the Center for Career Development] staff was wonderfully straightforward about how best to get to where I wanted to be—working in the public sector at a nonprofit—and encouraged me to think outside of the consulting-finance-government bubble that many Princeton students pursue (and succeed in!). I think I even first heard about the Princeton Project 55 Fellowship program at a HireTigers event!