Annie Cantara is Associate Director of MacroPolo at the Paulson Institute, where she leads the creative team on conceptualization, product design, user experience, web development, and content distribution efforts. She collaborates regularly with the research team to bring their analysis and products to life in a way that’s both engaging and accessible.

In addition, Annie leads on overall operations of the think tank—from managing product development and team resources to internal processes, standards, and communication. She works closely with the director on the think tank’s creative strategy and human capital, among other institute-wide endeavors. Annie has expertise in user testing, graphic design, and data visualization tools.

Originally from Buffalo, Annie moved to Chicago to pursue her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago. She holds her Master’s in Product Design and Development Management from Northwestern University.