Director, Evening Master's Program

About Ani Gatz

Ani (On-Knee) Gatz is the Evening Master’s Director at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. Ani comes to this role with a Master’s in Public Policy from Harris and over twenty years of experience in communications and public policy. She has worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Ani has trained and led hundreds of professionals, managed dozens of successful communication campaigns, and created and implemented public policy on a local level.

Prior to joining Harris, Ani was the Communications Director for Kitsap Community Foundation in western Washington State, where she directed operations of the nonprofit executive education center, Kitsap Center for Nonprofit Excellence. In this capacity, she developed and implemented multiple executive-level training programs. She also created and taught courses in strategic event planning and communications. Additionally, she oversaw all printed and digital communications, served as primary contact for media inquiries, and oversaw all PR campaigns. Ani also served on the Kitsap County Parks Board, where she maxed out her terms as Vice-Chair and Chair; and researched, created, and implemented policy related to the environment, public land, and parks. Prior to this time, she worked in public finance.

Ani earned her BA in English Literature from the University of Arizona and her Master’s in Public Policy from Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she served as an HCA Fellow and earned the Leadership Credential.


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