Anne Messner

Executive Director


Anne Messner worked as a Vice President in Foreign Exchange Sales and Trading with HSBC and Jefferies in New York City before permanently relocating to New Orleans. In New Orleans, she consulted with several businesses in retail, film, and real estate before finding her home with The Roots of Music.

Anne was born in Boston and spent her childhood in New York, California, and Kansas.  Anne attended Wake Forest University and graduated with a BS in Business and a minor in Spanish.  Anne then moved to NYC and embarked on almost a decade of climbing the ranks in the currency industry with some of the top banks in global markets.  Although Anne was very successful in her finance career, she was looking for deeper fulfillment from her work.

In joining Roots, Anne has found the perfect home to use her financial expertise, leadership skills, and development savvy, while fulfilling her commitment to mentoring and deep compassion for underserved children in our community.  Anne knows first hand the importance of extra-curricular activities.  Long distance running and yoga are her passions.  In addition, Anne has a great love for music and resides with her partner, Zack Feinberg (guitarist for The Revivalists), in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans.