Anne Gunderson


Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative
[email protected]
(248) 792-1133

Here's what I can help you with:

I've spent most of my career in non-profit and early childhood public policy, so I can help with things like understanding the perspective of grantees and putting together the puzzle pieces of early childhood programs and policies that help strengthen families. I've also facilitated my fair share of contentious meetings and helped professionals come to consensus on big issues, so ask me for tips and hints if you have an important meeting coming up. I'm also an avid reader, so I'll always have a book recommendation (or two) ready for you. 

Get to know Anne:

What do you do all day long?

I support the Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative  (SEMI-ECFC) to strengthen early childhood systems. This means that I facilitate meetings for this group to help them align priorities, specifically addressing the immediate and long-term needs of families. I track progress and communicate these priorities and funding outcomes. I work closely with the Hope Starts Here initiative, helping to drive toward more equitable funding for early childhood services in Detroit. I'm also responsible for the less glamorous work of managing and scheduling meetings, taking notes, and developing agendas.

What’s the best part of your job?
What's great about the SEMI-ECFC is the impact this group of funders has chosen to have by working together to improve early childhood and family support services in the region. The best part of my job is simply being a part of making a real impact on the early childhood system by helping people communicate with each other and with the families we serve.

Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Non-dairy coffee. Add a swirl of chocolate and/or caramel and I'm in heaven.

What music are you streaming?
I currently have Jazmine Sullivan's new album on repeat. I've always been a big fan of R&B and neosoul, and Jazmine's been recently carrying the genre on her back (with the help of Ari Lennox and HER).

Why do you love where you live?
I had never been to Chicago prior to moving here, and it was love at first sight. I currently live in a neighborhood on the Southside that reminds me of Southfield, where I grew up. It's largely residential and has a real sense of community. I feel cared for here, which is the most important thing to find in a home. 

If you could choose a super power, what would it be?
Teleportation because I hate waiting on buses and trains.

Favorite book from childhood?
I was a big fan of Roald Dahl, especially his book "The BFG". I also loved "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" and "Miss Nelson is Missing."

Favorite book?
This is tough, but I'd have to go with "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson. You'd be hard pressed to find better storytelling than what Wilkerson is able to weave in this epic novel.

Dream vacation?
Spending two or three months exploring the Seven Wonders of the World.

I'm a runner and a reader, though the frigid winter weather puts a damper on my running.