Annelise Grimm

Annelise Grimm

Code for America, previously James Irvine Foundation

Annelise Grimm recently left the James Irvine Foundation to join Code for America’s Criminal Justice and Workforce team. Annelise was a Program Officer at the James Irvine Foundation from 2015-2018, having previously served as Program Associate since 2014. Her areas of work include Pay For Success, Elections Policies and Practices, and Voter and Civic Engagement. Prior to joining the Foundation, Annelise helped launch the Alameda County Public Health Department’s Innovations in Reentry grant program, which redirected state corrections dollars to reentry services. Before working at the health department, Annelise worked on the development and communications teams of several social justice nonprofits, including Urban Habitat and OpenDoors RI. Her experience includes nonprofit communications, grantwriting, program development, policy research, and advocacy and lobbying around criminal justice reform, human trafficking, and civic engagement. Annelise holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in International Development Studies from Brown University.

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

Participatory democracy is the best way to ensure that government is representative of and responsive to diverse communities. I also believe that it is the best way to advance equity through local government.

What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

New examples of cities and towns engaging communities in deep ways.