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Anna Zinkel

Anna Zinkel

Business Development Manager

Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor, MI

I am a business development manager for an economic development organization in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I help businesses succeed in order to create jobs in our region. I am passionate about moving the state of Michigan forward and advancing women's economic parity. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and photography.

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Ann Arbor SPARK

Business Development Manager

Ann Arbor SPARK is Ann Arbor's engine for economic development. We are an organization dedicated to the economic prosperity of the greater Ann Arbor region. We use our skills and knowledge to attract, develop, strengthen, and invest in driving industries to help our region thrive. My job as a Business Development Manager at Ann Arbor SPARK is to help businesses grow and succeed in our region. I assist companies in identifying and overcoming barriers to growth, work with our municipal partners to grow their economies, and market the greater Ann Arbor region to the world. As a life long resident of Michigan, it is such a privilege help our communities thrive.

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Career

Mentorship

I have had the help of so many wonderful mentors in my career thus far, so it is important to me to offer career advice to young professionals whenever I can!

Inspirational Career Moments:
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Celebrating Sen. Gary Peters' Win

Working on Sen. Gary Peters' campaign was an absolute privilege.

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Meeting Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Such a brilliant, strong leader.

First Day on the Job in Lansing

With Representative Driskell on our first day at Michigan's capital after winning a tough election.

The Professional Women's Club of Michigan

I am on the steering committee for the Professional Women's Club of Michigan, based in Brighton, Michigan. The goal of the organization is to give women a chance to connect with, inspire, and partner with one another. We also run a scholarship program for local high school girls. I manage the club's social media accounts.

Oh, the places you'll go...

Paris

La Ville Lumiere

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Florence

The most incredible sunset I have ever seen!

Climbed Mt. Vesuvius!

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Jamma El Fna, Marrakech

Needless to say, I went a bit over budget on this shopping trip...not sorry.

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Copenhagen

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University of Michigan

BA, Honors English Language & Literature

My years at the University of Michigan showed me practical ways to live by the mantra "do well by doing good." My professors, classmates, and friends at U of M broadened my horizons and helped me to solidify my goals and values. I continue to be humbled by the brilliant minds that pass through my alma mater, and I am so proud to call myself a Wolverine. Forever and always, Go Blue!

Education
Culinary Endeavors
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Pan-Seared Scallops

First attempt at making this delicious treat!

Chocolate Over Everything

Balsamic infused strawberries add a fun kick!

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Carbs Forever

Is there anything more wonderful than good pasta?

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Cherry Pie in the Sky

It's not summer in Michigan without fresh cherries!

Equestrian Team & Horseback Riding

I loved being a part of the UM Equestrian Team during college. I have been riding and competing in Michigan since I was nine, and I've learned so much from those experiences. I love any opportunity to get back in the saddle!