Annie Holmes

Annie Holmes is the inaugural Chief Equity Officer for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). In this role, she is responsible for leading the Council’s internal and external efforts to yield equitable outcomes for public education through strategic leadership in public policy across all states, territories, and educational agencies under the purview of the United States. Annie is a multi-award winning diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice executive who applies relevant methodological approaches to embed the fabric of the organization with proven strategies.

Prior to joining CCSSO, Annie led the equity and diversity initiatives at multiple institutions of higher education and the social sector. Her career spans over two decades of commitment to providing access to opportunities to yield equitable outcomes. She is currently completing her doctoral work in adult education and lifelong learning from The Pennsylvania State University where she previously earned two master’s degrees. Her undergraduate degree in education was completed at Temple University. Annie values spending time with her husband, 3 sons, and dog and connecting to the community where she and her family reside in Maryland.