Anne Kotleba is an artist and activist with a passion for promoting social justice and equality. She is an advocate for youth leadership, arming young people with the freedom and courage to define their own identity.
Raised in Illinois, Anne graduated from Augustana College in 2004 with degrees in Studio Art and Political Science. Unsure of what to do next, Anne’s had adventures all around the country as an AmeriCorps*NCCC member in California, a Colorado State Park Ranger, a teaching artist in a post Hurricane Katrina Mississippi, and much more.
Anne arrived in Baltimore in 2010 to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art and received an MA and MFA in Community Arts. A painter at heart, Anne believes digital media is a powerful tool for communication. Anne co-founded and facilitated the Baltimore United Viewfinders, an Eastside photography and video based youth leadership organization. In 2012, Anne was awarded the prestigious Community Fellowship from the Open Society Institute for her work with the Viewfinders. She has organized and facilitated several international projects, including “We Are Here: The World As We See It,” photography from street kids and orphans in Baku, Azerbaijan and shared photography and graphic design with an arts center in Jakmel, Haiti.
Anne is currently the campus director for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and lecturer in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. In addition to running the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential program, Kotleba teaches professional development, applied fundraising, and voluntary action and community leadership.
She lives in the Central Phoenix neighborhood with her wife Evan and their two cats Talullah and Rumplefish.