Anna Almaraz is a first-generation Hispanic student at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
She graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a B.B.A in marketing and is currently working towards her M.B.A. in nonprofit studies and leadership.
Anna was recently inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame as The Harvey E. Najim Future Texas Business Legend. At 15, Anna founded Social Sophie Marketing LLC. Anna has collaborated with 25+ clients to develop marketing strategies and guide conversations on evolving marketing trends. She’s generated upwards of $675,000+ in gross sales through numerous social media campaigns. Well-known for influencer marketing efforts, she leverages human relationships and provides services in strategy development, community management, social content creation, and social listening. Anna’s acquired a breadth of clients and earns their trust through thought leadership.
With the true heart of an entrepreneur, Anna founded a second business in the midst of COVID-19, named Sophie's Sweets Cookie Co. Her second business specializes in baking both gluten-free and traditional Mexican sweets and cookies. Three days before Christmas Eve, Anna received a call from a friend in the non-profit sector. He asked her if she wanted to volunteer to distribute warm meals to hungry families on Christmas Eve. Without hesitation, Anna said she would bake 10,000 cookies for the event. She called her crew and family to successfully bake all 10,000 cookies in only 3 days! Participating in the event, Anna felt a profound sense of fulfillment, and she knew she was exactly where she was meant to be, making a difference in the lives of people.
Through her business experiences she realized that her passion and true calling was helping others and her home was the non-profit world. From that moment, she was determined to make it her career and life’s purpose.
While owning and running her business, Anna also serves as the Project Associate at The Harvey Najim Charitable Foundation, the assistant marketing coordinator at the San Antonio Children's Shelter, and the Venture Analyst at the UTSA Najim Center for Innovation and Career Advancement.
Anna is an aspiring philanthropist and consistently discovers new ways to make meaningful contributions to her community. Her non-profit passion has 3 key focus areas: advocacy for children, supporting educational causes, and alleviating food scarcity. She also aims to use her business success and experience to inspire young entrepreneurs to expand their business ideas and become inclusive leaders.
During her free time, Anna enjoys going to local coffee shops and digging into a new book or strolling through farmer’s markets. She also values her time with her family, friends, and fur babies.