2021 Speaker Bio

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Annette S. Pankey

Annette S. Pankey

Annette Pankey has spent the last 20 years working in non-profit or government sectors. For 5 years, Annette was an elementary school teacher. She worked for the YMCA of Central Maryland and the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, helping to improve outcomes for children, families and communities and providing support for programs from youth justice to strengthening rural families. Annette also applied her skills and sense of community to her position with the Mayor's Office of Employment Development in Baltimore. There, she coordinated outreach activities designed to support constituent services in the city's (7) Career Development Centers. Often-times rolling up her sleeves to be needed personnel for registering kids for youth summer employment programs or staffing a booth at an employment fair to connect the local workforce with employers and providing necessary training.

After moving to Anacortes in 2011, Annette took a position with imPRESSions Worldwide as the Assistant to the small manufacturing company's President. She left the company to pursue opportunities at the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, as part of a dynamic team engaging public and private sector businesses and other stakeholders in strengthening the Skagit County community. She also spent time in the Anacortes Mayor's office. She is passionate about everyone having an opportunity to enjoy the quality of life in our region.

While back east, she volunteered with the Helping Up Mission, a residential addiction recovery facility and was part of the prison ministry at her church. She also was a regular volunteer for Habitat for Humanity home builds, which she and her wife continue to be involved with here in Skagit County.

Even though she now has returned to the private manufacturing sector, Annette still finds time to focus on her community. She has actively participated in Civil Discourse training and is a member of the IDEA group focusing on inclusiveness, diversity, and equity in Anacortes. She most recently was showcased recognize by the Skagit Women's Alliance and Network.