AKA Strategy


Established in 1990, AKA|Strategy (AKA) is a strategy consultancy that partners exclusively with leading higher education, arts & culture, and other nonprofit institutions in the United States and around the world. The firm assists its clients with strategic planning, institutional strategic counsel, and executive coaching. AKA’s special focus is helping institutions and their leaders understand the dynamics and implications of the rapidly changing landscape of their worlds and to craft with them thoughtful and imaginative ways of taking best advantage of their strengths, situations, and possibilities.

Anthony Knerr, Managing Director

Anthony Knerr

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Dr. Anthony Knerr has over thirty years of strategic consulting experience assisting a wide variety of leading universities and colleges, arts and cultural organizations, and nonprofit institutions in the U.S. and around the world.

He was previously Executive Vice President for Finance and Treasurer of Columbia University and Vice Chancellor for Budget and Planning of the City University of New York. Earlier he was Special Assistant for Budget and Planning to the Acting President of Yale University; an associate with the consulting firm of Booz Allen & Hamilton; and a program officer with the International Exchange Program.

He has taught at Columbia University, Indiana University, The New School, and Yale University. He has written and published widely on strategy, nonprofit organizations, public policy, higher education, and literature.

Dr. Knerr is a board member of Academic Assembly and an honorary board member of the Keats-Shelley Association. In addition, he is President Emeritus of the Sea Turtle Conservancy, President Emeritus of United Neighborhood Houses of New York City, and an emeritus board member of Words Without Borders. He earlier served as Coordinating Director of the Delaware Group of Mutual Funds and has previously served on numerous other nonprofit and corporate boards. He is a member of the Foreign Policy Association, New York Economic Club, and Phi Beta Kappa.

He received his B.A. magna cum laude in mathematics and philosophy and M.A. cum laude in English literature from Yale University and his Ph.D. in English literature from New York University.