For Annabel Lee Hogg ’06, The Shipley School’s commitment to community service—and its “kind, warm, and encouraging environment”—ignited a lifelong passion for human rights, political activism, and social justice.
“Shipley gave me the space to explore larger questions I had about political structures in the United States and the roots of economic and social inequality,” recalls Hogg, who participated in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts during spring break of her senior year and visited Brain Tree Primary School, Shipley’s sister school in Kampala, Uganda, in 2008. “Shipley really helped me build up confidence in myself as a potential leader and solidified my belief that education can open doors you never knew were there.”
Long before receiving a scholarship to attend Shipley as a sophomore, Hogg had grown up alongside many impoverished boys and girls, several of whom would later be affected by the first wave of the opioid crisis. “The stark contrast that I saw when I entered Shipley, when it came to how financial power could translate into educational power and then into real-world power,” she says, “made me deeply question the role of larger institutional structures in perpetuating poverty and racism.”
The former first-generation college student, who earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies—with a concentration in peace and conflict resolution—from American University and a master’s degree in human rights studies from Columbia University, would go on to land a coveted internship in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel during the Obama administration before securing positions with the Center for American Progress, Oxfam America, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Currently, Hogg serves as Manager, Governance and Human Rights, at The B Team, where she works to catalyze a better way of doing business. “My positions in government, political think tanks, and international human rights organizations have given me a helpful mix of policy and advocacy skills that serve me well when I’m speaking to major multinational corporations about how they could be better at serving people and the planet alongside profit,” she says.
Outside of work, Hogg sits on the Leadership Council of Shining Hope for Communities, a grassroots movement that combats urban poverty and gender inequality in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, by providing critical services for all, community advocacy platforms, and education and leadership development for women and girls. Over the years, she has volunteered with New York Cares, which improves education, meets immediate needs, and revitalizes public spaces across all five boroughs of New York City.
Holding tight to her belief that “education can open doors you never knew were there,” Hogg will teach a fall 2019 course on politics and human rights through Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, which provides college education, life skills, and reentry support to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women, resulting in lower rates of recidivism, incarceration, and poverty.