Black History 365: Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman

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Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman is an award-winning Ghanaian-American researcher, entrepreneur, and writer. She graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2019 with a Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics and a minor in Economics. Currently, she is a graduate student at Harvard Kennedy School studying public policy and economics.

 In 2018, Anna Gifty co-founded The Sadie Collective, the only non-profit organization addressing the underrepresentation of Black women in economics, finance, and policy. She also co-founded the viral and award-winning digital campaign #BlackBirdersWeek.

Her advocacy, research, and commentary lie at the intersection of social justice and quantitative analysis

and are featured widely by media outlets such as Bloomberg, NPR, Teen Vogue, Slate, and The New York Times.

To date, Anna Gifty remains the youngest recipient for a CEDAW Women’s Rights Award by the UN Convention on the Elimination all forms of Discrimination Against Women— previously awarded to Vice President Kamala Harris and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Her new book, THE BLACK AGENDA (St. Martin’s), has received praise from New York Timesbestselling authors, Wes Moore, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, and Chelsea Clinton. The book is the first publication to exclusively feature Black policy and research experts for a trade audience.