Anne Stuhldreher was a 2016 fellow with New America CA. She is the first-ever director of financial justice for the City and County of San Francisco. San Francisco will be the first city in the nation to launch a Financial Justice Project to assess and reform how fees and fines impact its most vulnerable residents. The Financial Justice Project is part of San Francisco’s Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector.
Throughout her career, Stuhldreher has advanced innovations in local economic empowerment, civic engagement, and public interest journalism. Stuhldreher has a distinguished track record of working with public officials to create public-private partnerships that financially empower lower income residents. In San Francisco, she brought people together to initiate and launch initiatives like: Bank on San Francisco (that spurs banks to create starter accounts for the millions of Americans who don’t have them), the Working Families Credit, and Kindergarten to College. As a senior policy advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, she helped start the WE Connect Campaign and Bank on California. The “Bank on” strategy that Stuhldreher conceived has been replicated in cities across the country. She also served as a senior program manager for the California Endowment, a statewide health justice philanthropic foundation.
Stuhldreher also authors op-eds and articles in outlets such as the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Sacramento Bee. She has advised a wide range of elected officials, financial institutions, and community organizations. Formerly, Stuhldreher worked at the Ford Foundation, and was the associate director of Opportunity Fund, a community development financial institution in Northern California. Previously, Stuhldreher was named "Social Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Center for Venture Philanthropy. She lives in San Francisco.