Highline Schools Foundation Announces New Executive Director

Public School Advocate Anne Baunach to Start on February 1st

Anne Baunach, Highline Schools Foundation Executive Director

Anne Baunach, Highline Schools Foundations new Executive Director

The Board of Trustees for the Highline Schools Foundation is pleased to announce that they have selected Anne Baunach as the new Executive Director of the Foundation.

“I know I speak for every Foundation Trustee when I say how fortunate the Foundation is to have someone with Anne’s expertise and talent coming on board as the new Executive Director,” said Foundation Board President Marco Milanese. “Anne will certainly hit the ground running and we look forward to her leading the Foundation to achieving even greater results for Highline’s students and programs.”

Anne is a graduate of Western Washington University and has worked for both for-profit and non-profit organizations throughout her career. She worked for Green River College, World Vision, Agros International and most recently, as the Executive Director of the Washington State Recycling Association.

“We are thrilled to welcome Anne as the Foundation’s new Executive Director. The district has had an incredibly collaborative relationship with the Foundation and we look forward to continuing that in service of our students and staff in Highline.” said Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent, Highline Public Schools.

Anne is a passionate advocate for public education. She has been heavily involved in the Auburn School District since her days on her childrens’ school’s PTA. From there, she served on the District’s boundary committees, strategic planning task forces and helped develop policy for the community’s use of District space. She has also been a board member for the Auburn Public Schools Foundation, Communities in Schools of Auburn, and chaired Auburn Citizens for Schools. In 2011, she ran for the Auburn School Board and is currently in her second term.

“With the launch of the “Graduate! Highline” movement and the April 14 Gold Star Awards Breakfast just around the corner, the spring is bound to be a busy time for the Foundation,” said Milanese. “However, with Anne on board, we know we are poised for continued success. We look forward to everyone in the Highline community getting to know Anne and the passion she brings to her new job.”

The Highline Schools Foundation raises funds, gathers resources, and builds partnerships that support the students in Highline Public Schools. In 2016, the Foundation distributed over $750,000 in scholarships, grants and programs to Highline students. The Foundation is governed by a dedicated group of volunteer Trustees and is the only 501(c)(3) organization supporting all Highline Public Schools.

Since 1999, the Highline Schools Foundation has been supporting innovation and excellence in Highline Public Schools. Our funding priorities focus on programs to improve academic achievement, supporting college and career readiness, grants to teachers for engaging classroom projects, the arts, athletics, and programs that keep students in school and productive. Highline is a district full of need and opportunity. The Highline Schools Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to all schools in our district—our goal is to help as many students as possible be successful!