Anne L. Washington is an Assistant Professor in the Organization Development and Knowledge Management Program in the George Mason University School of Public Policy. In 2012, she was the first U.S. citizen to be invited as a fellow with the Peter Pribilla Foundation at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management and Technical University of Munich (TUM). As an international team of scholars, the Pribilla fellows investigated the relationship between learning, failure, and leadership in building innovation. She investigated how data fails and the role of innovation in government technology. Political informatics, or poli-Informatics, is her current three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that brings big data principles to the study of government and politics. She is leading a group of colleagues in using open government data to build research capacity for data intensive research. The topic of the 2012-2015 project is using computational analysis to better understand the financial crisis.
She completed a PhD from The George Washington University School of Business. Her primary field was Information Systems and Technology Management and her secondary field was Organization Behavior. She holds a Bachelors of Arts (BA) in computer science from Brown University and a Masters in Library Information Science (MLIS) from Rutgers University. Before completing her PhD, she had extensive work experience in financial services and the technology industries. After working for software development firms, including the Claris Software division of Apple Computers, she worked for Barclays Global Investors in multiple technology and corporate training positions.