Washington, DC – The America250 Foundation, the non-profit partner of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, has announced the appointment of Anna Laymon as Vice President of Programs and Planning. Laymon will lead the development, design and execution of programs nationwide in celebration of America’s 250th anniversary in 2026. She will also oversee efforts to encourage partners and stakeholders to develop programs for Americans in every state and territory.

“I’m incredibly honored to join the America250 Foundation as we plan for the largest and most inclusive commemoration in our nation’s history,” said Laymon. “Over the next five years and beyond, our goal is to encourage and deliver more than 100,000 programs at the grassroots and national levels focused on educating, engaging and uniting all Americans.”

Prior to her role with the America250 Foundation, Laymon served as Executive Director of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, the federal agency tasked by Congress and the White House to lead the nationwide commemorations of the centennial of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote. In addition, Laymon has served as Director of Partnerships and Public Programs for the National Woman’s Party, where she created and implemented the long-term strategic vision for the organization’s public programs, community engagement and partnerships. 

“Anna’s recent, highly successful tenure as Executive Director of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission makes her the perfect candidate to lead the Foundation’s programing and planning efforts,” said Dr. Tony Rucci, President and CEO of the America250 Foundation. “With her exemplary leadership skills and experience designing national signature programs, we are thrilled to have Anna join the team as we enter the five year countdown to America’s momentous 250th birthday.”

The America250 Foundation works collaboratively with the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission to provide a robust public-private partnership to bring the vision for America250 to life through national and grassroots programming, commercial and non-commercial partnerships, promotion and fundraising support.

More information about the Commission’s vision and approach to programming can be found in Inspiring the American Spirit, its report submitted to the President on December 31, 2019.

About the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission and America250 Foundation

The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission and its nonprofit partner, the America250 Foundation, are tasked with planning and orchestrating the 250th anniversary of American independence, which will take place on July 4, 2026.  The organizations work collaboratively with public and private entities across the country to make America250 the largest and most inclusive commemoration in our nation’s history leading up to and extending from 2026. For more information visit www.america250.org and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.