Anne M. Mahlum is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Back on My Feet (BoMF). After launching in Philadelphia in July 2007, the organization has expanded across the country. Anne has led the organization to grow to a staff of 45+ fulltime professionals with thousands of volunteers and hundreds of Members.
Anne is responsible for the vision, strategy and national fundraising efforts for Back on My Feet as it expands across the country. It is Anne's responsibly to set the direction of the organization in order to help more people, help them better and help them more efficiently.
Under Anne's leadership, the organization has seen revenue growth of 92% from 2009-10, 32% from 2010-11 and 38% from 2011-12. BoMF currently has a $6.5M operating budget. To support the organization’s aggressive growth, she has created unique fundraising events and campaigns such as the Stroehmann Back on My Feet 20in24 Challenge, a 24-hour race with various events. The race celebrated its fifth year in 2012 and raises roughly $300,000 for the organization annually. BoMF Sneaker Week encourages companies to allow their employees to wear their sneakers to work for $5 during national hunger and homelessness awareness week in November. Anne has strong beliefs that nonprofits need to operate like a business and that should include self-created revenue streams.
Anne is just as comfortable talking with Back on My Feet Members in a shelter as she is on a live media segment or in front of a room of executives. Through her speeches, she helps people understand homelessness in a different and is able to create relevancy between her audience and the individuals she serves.
Anne graduated from St Cloud State University in 2002 with majors in Political Science and Public Relations. She then went on to graduate school at American University where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Political Communications in 2003. She is an avid runner and has completed 10 marathons. It’s her goal to run a marathon on every continent and Antarctica is the last one on her list. She is originally from Bismarck, North Dakota and currently resides in New York City.