CCA Staff

Executive Director

Emily Hess Ankerson

Ms. Ankerson has a Masters degree from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, and dedicated the first part of her career to education. She was a professional educator for many years, a elementary school team leader, and curriculum writer for both public and private school systems in Vermont. Upon relocating to Florida, Ms. Ankerson turned her professional attention to affecting change through the nonprofit sector. Prior to accepting the position as Executive Director of the CCA and CCA Foundation, Ms. Ankerson worked for a nonprofit in West Palm Beach in various administrative and leadership roles such as Arts Integration Curriculum Specialist, Curriculum Director, and Community Outreach Program Manager. She is also dedicated to helping improve the environment and preserving natural habitats. She volunteered at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno, Florida, to help inform people about the need for caring for our oceans and beaches and the creatures that live in those ecosystems. Creating programming to educate people and bring communities together is what she feels passionate about, and why she is a great fit for the CCA and the CCA Foundation.

Administrative and Events Assistant

Emery Lowden

Emery was born and raised just off-island in Fort Myers. She graduated from Florida State University (FSU) in May 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship. With an interest in nonprofits, she volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters where she currently serves as a mentor. She’s gained experience interning for the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at FSU as well as a sales and marketing internship for Techtronic Industries. Since she was 16, she has worked customer service jobs from scooping ice cream at Loveboat to being a server. With a passion to serve the community and environment, Emery is excited to be a part of the CCA team!