Anne Hawthorne was founding program director of Kid City, and in 2013 assumed the position of executive director of the Los Angeles United Methodist Urban Foundation, Kid City's parent organization. She has a background in youth development and leadership, with a BA from Pacific Oaks College, and an MFA from Antioch University. Her work with youth is centered on principles of radical welcome (in the Methodist tradition), and popular education, as taught by Paolo Freire and Myles Horton. In addition to her work with youth, Ms. Hawthorne has taught writing and literature at Antioch, Loyola Marymount, and St. Mary's College. She has worked for many years in program and resource development at youth, housing, and arts non-profits in Los Angeles County. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Higher Education and Campus Ministry Council for the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church and a member of the board of directors of the California Pacific Foundation. Ms. Hawthorne, together with Salvador Sanchez also represents the Urban Foundation on the steering committees of Southern California College Access Network and the statewide College For All Coalition. In September, 2016, she presented a workshop, "Engaging the Faith Community to Support College Access and Completion for First Generation College Students," at the National College Access Network annual conference in Detroit.