Career Path Leads to Ambassadorship for Alumna
The first woman to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, Anne Slaughter Andrew, ’83, continues to follow an impressive career path. The Evansville native was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to the post in December 2009. Before that, her career path could be called somewhat conventional. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Indiana Law Review as a law student, and after earning her degree worked at Indianapolis law firms now known as Faegre Baker Daniels and Bingham Greenbaum Doll. In 2000, she and her husband, attorney Joe Andrew, the former Chair of the Democratic National Committee, moved the family to Washington, D.C., where she worked at the law firm Patton & Boggs.
From here, her career track goes a little off the beaten path. In 2004, she and a friend joined Anson Group LLC, a bio-tech consulting company she co-lead for three years. She formed the strategic consulting company called New Energy Nexus LLC in 2009 after networking and informally advising clean technology companies. She says this experience informs her work in Costa Rica, where her main goals in the country include “expanding shared prosperity; enhancing citizen security; and advancing environmental security particularly by promoting clean energy, conservation, and sustainable development.” Throughout her career, she has worked with organizations like The Clean Economy Network, The Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation.