Anne Zmuda Wallerstedt joined the Maryland Catholic Conference as Associate Director for Social and Economic Justice in June 2017. Her Department advocates for policies promoting the dignity of work, protecting the environment, expanding access to affordable and quality healthcare, ending human trafficking, creating immigration policies focused on keeping families together, and eradicating poverty.
Anne grew up in Severna Park, Maryland, attending St. Mary’s Elementary School in Annapolis and Archbishop Spalding High School. She received a B.A. in Sociology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and thereafter earned a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Anne has made service and public interest law a focus in her career, specifically advocating for vulnerable populations. She has gained experience in varied disciplines in a range of locations, including Court Appointed Special Advocates and Legal Aid. During law school, she joined two legal clinics focusing on juvenile special education rights and legislation, and upon graduation, clerked in a private practice representing social security disability claimants and those facing employment discrimination. Immediately prior to joining the Maryland Catholic Conference, she worked as the legislative aide to former House of Delegates Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Sheila Hixson.
Anne lives in Rockville with her husband and bulldog, Stew. An avid fan of the breed, she runs the social media account for a Washington, D.C. area bulldog group. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, boating, and spending time with family and friends.