Anna co-founded Terrafugia to make personal aviation more accessible in 2006. Wanting to pursue a broader range of activities, she continues to be an entrepreneur, working as a consultant and speaker while writing a book to support start-ups they transition into stable organizations. She has expertise in the aviation industry, start-up company operations, composite manufacturing, government relations, technical writing, solving complex problems in unique ways, and inspiring innovation within a sustainable framework.
She began her career in the aerospace industry early, participating in Mars rover prototype testing and two around-the-world balloon attempts with Steve Fossett while in high school and receiving both her BS and MS in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Co-founding Terrafugia in 2006, Anna served as Chief Operating Officer and acting CFO there until 2014 when she stepped back to focus on her consulting, writing, and policy interests. Anna is now active in creating the policy and regulatory landscape for urban air mobility (UAM) and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft while remaining a key contributor to Terrafugia's regulatory affairs and certification program. She has leadership roles in both the ASTM international industry consensus standards committees for aviation and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association EVTOL committee.
In July 2018, Anna testified on the urban air mobility (UAM) industry for the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Her speaking experience includes the 2019 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit, TED Global, Good Morning America, South by Southwest (SXSW), Uber’s Elevate Conference, and the Vertical Flight Society EVTOL Symposium, as well as lectures at MIT, Embry Riddle, and UC Berkeley. She was named one of the Boston area's top 15 Innovators by the Boston Globe, was one of the 10 women selected for the 6th annual Mass High Tech Women to Watch Award, and has been recognized by Engineers Week New England with their annual Achievement Award. Anna also served on the Board of Directors of Women in Aviation International (WAI). She has also been published at outlets such as Aviation Week & Space Technology and CNN.com and has a private pilot license.
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