Aaron Petrillo

Director of Federal Initiatives

Aaron leads AnLar’s Federal Team, helping federal and state clients improve grant program implementation, develop data governance processes, and streamline technical assistance and monitoring structures to support their mission and the public. No stranger to a project plan, data catalog, or policy memo, Aaron helps clients better align their organizational goals and deploy their resources more efficiently.

Before joining AnLar, Aaron spent several years learning the arts of project management and technical assistance working at the U.S. Department of Education. While there, Aaron oversaw the Department’s largest K-12 technical assistance network for the Race to the Top program, managed high school grant programs within the Offices of Elementary and Secondary Education and Office of Innovation and Improvement, and also enjoyed lunch with the Secretary of Education using his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lunchbox. Before adding all federal acronyms to his lexicon, Aaron earned his B.A. in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government from American University and has a Master’s degree in Information Management from the University of Maryland.

Growing up in Vermont, Aaron relishes any opportunity to educate his colleagues on the differences between grades of maple syrup or recant the day he defeated the daughter of former Governor Howard Dean in a chess tournament in 1995. When not singing the praises of his Green Mountain homeland or saving humanity from inefficient processes, Aaron can be found chasing after his two young children, theoretically playing golf, or, if lucky, relaxing in his hammock, planning travel adventures funded by credit card points. An avid traveler, Aaron loves exploring the world with his wife, daughter, and son, continuing his lifelong pursuit of the perfect corned beef sandwich.

Pronouns: he/him

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