Anne Petersen is Research Professor, University of Michigan, Center for Human Growth & Development, Africa Studies Center STEM initiative, and S&T Policy Program, Ford Policy School. She is Founder/President of Global Philanthropy Alliance, a foundation making grants in Africa.
Professor Petersen held administrative and faculty roles at Stanford U, U Minnesota, Penn State U, and U Chicago. She was Senior VP Programs, WK Kellogg Foundation and US President-nominated/Senate- confirmed National Science Foundation Deputy Director/COO. In addition, she was Associate Director, Health at the MacArthur Foundation, worked closely with the Swiss Jacobs Foundation in many role; has been a consultant to many foundations, and is currently on the Board of the Templeton World Charity Foundation.
Professor Petersen authored 15 books and over 350 articles, currently emphasizing global science policy and philanthropy, with continuing emphases on adolescence/youth development and evaluation/research methods. Her honors include election to National Academy of Medicine (NASEM: National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine) and Fellow in several scientific societies including AAAS, ISSBD, APA (three divisions), and founding
Fellow of APS. She co-founded Society of Research on Adolescence and was President of several scientific societies. She leads the Secretariat, International Consortium of Developmental Science Societies, Chairs NASEM Policy & Global Affairs Divisional Committee, is Secretary to CRDF Global Board, serves on NSF International Committee, and is member of US-Cameroon team to design improved science infrastructure for Cameroon, among other US/global voluntary boards/committees.
Professor Petersen holds the following degrees from University of Chicago: BA mathematics, MS statistics, PhD measurement,evaluation, and statistical analysis.