In this interview, United Way of Anchorage president Michele Brown discusses her experience and learnings from serving as the backbone support for the initiative 90% by 2020.

Prior to joining the United Way of Anchorage in 2003, Michele Brown served as the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation under former Alaska Governor Tony Knowles. During her eight years on the job, she was credited with forging positive alliances among diverse interests to promote environmentally responsible economic development and to ensure safe and healthy communities. Brown also spent two and a half years with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Moscow, Russia developing community health, environmentally sound economic development initiatives, and democracy building programs in Russia.

The United Way of Anchorage provides backbone support to the 90% by 2020 collective impact partnership, which seeks to increase the community’s high school graduation rate to 90 percent in the next six years. The partnership works to align the efforts, resources and support of non-profit organizations, service providers, businesses, public schools, families, children, youth and community members around a shared mission, goals, and target outcomes. 90% by 2020 has set priority outcomes ensuring that children are ready for Kindergarten, proficient in math at 8th grade, and graduating from high school on time. Data scoping teams have been carefully reviewing data to determine how and where we can make the most impact in these target areas and Collaborative Action Networks will be launching soon to develop action plans.