Our Team

Anna Menke

Policy Lab Manager

Smart policy is the most scaleable and durable means by which we can ensure that we are headed towards a sustainable, equitable future where all people can thrive. 

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Prior to Elemental Excelerator

Anna worked at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK), a global venture philanthropy firm dedicated to helping scale innovative nonprofits and social enterprises solving some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. At DRK, Anna led due-diligence for potential investments, helped to build the foundation’s climate portfolio, and provided deep analytical support to entrepreneurs within the DRK portfolio. Prior to DRK, Anna worked at the Environmental Defense Fund, recruiting leading businesses to advocate for market-based climate and clean energy policies at the state and federal level. Anna graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies.

Outside of the office

You’ll most likely find Anna in the ocean surfing, on a long run, or on a hike in the mountains. If not outside, you can find her in a yoga studio practicing or leading classes, enjoying a cup of chai tea, reading great fiction or poetry, or spending time with family and friends.