Board of Directors


Annie Hanson Hilaire

Position on Board

Marketing Committee Member
Member of March GRADness committee

Began Serving on Project GRAD Akron Board:


Favorite quote:

“An investment in education pays the best interest.”
- Benjamin Franklin

Favorite thing about Project GRAD Akron:

Project GRAD Akron, its Board of Directors, and staff are passionately committed to improving the lives of young people in Akron through education. My favorite Project GRAD Akron program is the Scholarship Awards Ceremony. I am always inspired by hearing stories of students who have set goals, worked hard and are moving swiftly toward achieving their educational aspirations.

A little about Annie:

Annie Hanson Hilaire serves as the Director of Community Relations and Engagement in the Office of the President where she develops and nurtures university-wide partnerships with external stakeholders, including K-12 education partners, community organizations, and nonprofits.

For nearly 15 years, Annie has leveraged public-private partnership efforts to support student achievement and build community collaboration, including international engagement and outreach, recruitment and retention, educator professional development and K-12 STEM engagement.

Annie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Kent State University and a Master of Applied Politics from The University of Akron. In her free time, Annie is actively engaged in community service efforts and serves on several boards and committees in Northeastern Ohio. She and her husband Michael Hilaire are parents to Elizabeth and reside in Cuyahoga Falls.