Anne Rios joined the Think Dignity Staff in 2016, as Executive Director and Managing Attorney. As Executive Director she oversees the daily management of Think Dignity, including the Transitional Storage Center, and is in charge of obtaining grants, fundraising, events, maintaining Think Dignity relationships with constituents, donors, members, and sponsors. In her role as Managing Attorney she oversees the Legal Referral and Advocacy Clinic, the Know Your Rights campaign, direct litigation programs, and works alongside local law schools in order to further expand the legal clinic volunteer base.
Prior to coming on board at Think Dignity, Anne served as a managing attorney; representing hundreds of sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse victims in her past positions with the San Diego Family Justice Center Foundation and the Center for Community Solutions. In addition, Anne has worked for the Department of Defense as a Certified Level II Sexual Assault Victim Advocate for the US Navy. Anne's passion lies with being an advocate for marginalized populations. Her passion can best be seen with the program she founded: Uprise Theatre, a project that teaches inner city populations about the law and their constitutional rights.
Anne completed her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley and attended law school at California Western School of Law. Special recognition includes: receiving Center for Community Solutions’ Freedom Award, being a nominee for the 2014 Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award, receiving the Adrianne Baker Fellowship post graduate award from California Western School of Law, and being the recipient of The State Bar of California Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services.
Born and raised in Southeast San Diego, Anne loves spending time with her son Daniel, her wife Sonnia, and the rest of her incredible family. She is wholeheartedly dedicated to the mission of inspiring, empowering and organizing her community to advance basic dignity for those living on the streets.