Anne Soto Director of Innovation

Inspiration: “Small opportunities are the often the beginning of great impact.” — Demosthenes     

What working in this community means to me: “This community is where I am raising my family and putting down roots. I work to create a strong community where all people can reach their full potential.”

Anne works on the community impact team, leading a set of innovation projects focused on impacting community need through fresh approaches and collaboration. 

Prior to joining United Way, Anne helped to launch Educate78, an Oakland nonprofit working to increase educational opportunity through school design, parent advocacy, and strong teacher pipelines. She previously worked for NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy model focused on supporting education entrepreneurs. Anne began her career teaching fourth grade in Warrenton, North Carolina. She proudly received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!) and MBA from Indiana University as a Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation fellow.

Anne lives with her husband and two boys in South Minneapolis.

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