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Dr. Anne McClellan is a systems architect who leads with a focus on ideation, strategy, continuous improvement and always seeking to break barriers to produce educational excellence. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Innovation and research faculty at the University of Houston (UH), College of Education and focuses on developing and standing up responsive education initiatives, advancing community external partnerships and informing educational policy. Prior to joining UH, Anne was the Director of Education at the George W. Bush Institute leading the 18 member Middle School Matters research team. As Vice President for Growth at YES Prep, a network of Houston-based public charter schools, her primary responsibility was to provide leadership in scaling organizational strength. Anne joined YES Prep after serving as a program officer for the Texas High School Project, a $261 million partnership of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Texas Education Agency, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and Communities Foundation of Texas. During her tenure at THSP, she designed and managed a Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives portfolio of $47 million. She and her team of coaches worked with senior leadership in 35 school districts to develop and to establish STEM-themed academies across the state of Texas serving low-income students. As the founding principal of Challenge Early College High (CECHS), the first early college high school in Texas, she served as a principal architect of Texas early college education policy and rules. Prior to CECHS, Anne co-founded the Center for Reform of School Systems with Dr. Don McAdams, which focused on the improvement of district and school board governance. As principal of Edgar Allan Poe Elementary School she led her team to an the designation of TEA Exemplary School which received the Annenberg Challenge Beacon School award, Texas Reading Interventions Grant, Just for the Kids Promising Practices Model School Site, Academics 2000 Grant, Apple Early Learning Model School and Grant and a Teach for America Corps training site. Anne has been recognized by the University of Houston as the Outstanding Alumna Award in 2006 and the Outstanding Graduate Student in 1996, received the Houston Independent School District - George and Josephine Hamman Foundation Outstanding Educator Award in 1999 and is a Senior Fellow with the Houston American Leadership Forum.  Anne holds degrees from Syracuse University, Buffalo State University and University of Houston.