Anna Palmer '07
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Communications, Political Science and History; Summa Cum Laude, Eureka College, 2007. Reagan Fellow.
Anna Palmer is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for the intersection of profit and purpose. She currently serves as co-founder and CEO of Dough, an online community to discover, support and shop thousands of products made by women.
Along with her role at Dough, she is co-founder and Investing Partner at XFactor Ventures, an early stage venture fund backing women-led companies. Prior to Dough and XFactor, Anna was co-founder and CEO of Fashion Project, the industry leader in online designer clothing donation, where she led the double bottom line company to process over 350,000 items, distribute funds to over 2000 organizations, and power national sustainability programs for Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Simon Malls and more before being acquired in 2016.
Anna is a member of the MasterCard Small Business Advisory Council and has been featured discussing entrepreneurship and the capital gap on CNBC’s SquawkBox, Forbes, Fortune, Vanity Fair, and InStyle Magazine. She is highlighted in the book Counter Mentor Leadership. On the personal side, Anna lives in Boston with her husband, Jeff.
Uniquely Eureka Experience:
My first few weeks on campus I was recruited to the cheerleading squad because they needed people who could tumble. I hadn't cheered since 6th grade, but was suddenly thrown into learning basket tosses and dance routines. I was extremely under qualified, but jumped in and with the help of others, eventually learned. I ended up cheering all four years at EC.
The most valuable takeaway from my time at Eureka were moments like these- stepping up to do something not because you were qualified, but because someone was needed, and then figuring it out along the way. Every time I launch or scale a company in a new industry, I use the skills of diving in and figuring things out that I developed at Eureka.