Aaron Petrillo

Director of Federal Initiatives

Aaron courageously leads multiple initiatives within AnLar as a Director of Federal Initiatives, helping federal and state clients improve their collection and use of data, streamline their management processes, and develop structures to better support their own stakeholders and grantees. No stranger to a project plan, policy memo or needs assessment, Aaron helps AnLar clients better align their efforts to their organizational goals and deploy their resources more efficiently.

Prior to 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 Office of Elementary and Secondary, lead grant competitions for school leadership grant programs within the Office of Innovation and Improvement, and had lunch with the Secretary of Education with his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lunchbox. Prior to 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 mankind from inefficient processes, Aaron can be found playing golf, watching stand-up comedy, or relaxing in his hammock reading travel books. Aaron, an avid traveler, loves planning international adventures with his wife and continuing his lifelong pursuit of the perfect corned beef sandwich. Learn more or reach out below:

Our Team

Aaron Petrillo
Director of Federal Initiatives
Allison LaFave
Research Associate
Anthony Garofano
Chief Creative Officer
Becki Stenger
Communications Designer
Corin Collier
Program Analyst
Emily Kelly
Research Analyst
Kathi Gillaspy
Director of Technical Assistance
Laura Holian
Director of Research
Mia Leland
Senior Program Analyst
Michelle Bloom
Program Associate
Pearson Barlow
Senior Technical Lead
Rosemary Collins
Senior Program Analyst
Sarah Geldart
Senior Technical Assistance Specialist
Tate Gould
Zartashia Javid
Program Support Associate