Ms. Ann Marie Allen serves as the Senior Director for Growing Inland Achievement (GIA).  GIA is a collective impact collaborative focused on improving the long-term economic outlook of the region through improving the educational attainment rates of the Inland Empire.

Through a $5 million Governor’s Innovation Award in Higher Education secured by California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), in partnership with the University of California, Riverside (UCR), Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP), San Bernardino and Riverside County Superintendents, and other stakeholders on behalf of the region, Growing Inland Achievement is committed to building a cross-sector collaborative that creates a well-educated workforce, thriving communities, and a vibrant economy.

Ann Marie was born and raised in San Bernardino and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in National Security Studies as well as a certification in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies from California State University, San Bernardino. Trained in public policy and international relations, she worked as a research analyst for several research institutes, including one sponsored by the U.S. Defense Department and spent a year studying and teaching in Ankara, Turkey. Although she loved the international aspects of her work, she found her true passion to be serving her local community through various educational entities including the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, San Bernardino City Unified School District, YMCA of the East Valley and San Bernardino Community College District. Most recently, she worked for Chaffey College starting with the coordination of the CTE Community Collaborative, which allowed her to connect K-12 students, parents and teachers to college and career opportunities through the Economic Development Department. For the past two years, she served as the Project Coordinator of the TAACCCT Grant from the U.S. Dept. of Labor that created the Inland Empire Training Consortium that includes 12 colleges and universities hosted at Chaffey College as well as created the INTECH Center in Fontana, CA. Currently living in Redlands, CA, in her free time she sings in her church choir and volunteers with various community organizations.



Ms. Christy Skinner serves as the Administrative Coordinator for Growing Inland Achievement (GIA).  A C-Level Executive Assistant with over twenty years experience coordinating, planning, supporting, and performing daily operational and administrative functions, while partnering with high-level Executives.

Christy was born in Los Angeles and raised in Orange County.  She has been in the Inland Empire for over eighteen years, working in the real estate/home building industry, prior to joining Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona for the past nine.  She joined GIA in March 2017, and is highly focused on providing effective and efficient solutions, and assisting Ann Marie and the Governing Board in their humanism endeavor to realize the goals and objectives for GIA and the Inland Empire.