Business Development Analyst
Anna Mack graduated Magna Cum Laude from Middlebury College in the winter of 2014 with a joint degree in Chinese and Sociology/Anthropology. Prior to joining Cook Ross, Anna lived in various cities in China researching nongovernmental disability rights advocacy with Fulbright and Mellon Foundation research grants.
In Her Own Words
What do you do (in 5 words or fewer)?
Support the Business Development team.
What is your biggest fear?
What’s the weirdest job you’ve had (before Cook Ross)?
Assistant to Au Pair.
What’s the best advice you ever got?
Use a framework of opportunity, rather than obligation, to make complicated decisions.
What calls you?
Growing up with a twin brother who uses sign language (and sometimes picture boards) to express himself, I feel called to communication: to helping humans understand each other across real and perceived difference.
Is there a book from your childhood that helped make you who you are today? Explain.
Winnie the Pooh. I revisited this story in high school while taking a class on Asian Civilizations. In an introductory section on Daoism, my class read The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. Using a familiar story to explain otherwise unfamiliar concepts, The Tao of Pooh challenged me to examine the cultural influences in my approaches to problem-solving and frameworks of purpose. Sparking my interest in East Asian language and culture, this book set the course for my undergraduate study of Chinese and sociology/anthropology and extensive travel in the region postgrad.
What’s the one thing in your life that’s really important to you but you never quite get to?
Creative non-fiction writing.