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Anne Lerner

Anne Lerner

Anne Lerner

Anne is a key member of our Chick-fil-A team and uses her dual careers in journalism and teaching to coach local store operators nationwide about marketing and public relations.

Before she joined our team, Anne worked for CP Communications, managing media relations for the brand’s new restaurant openings and expansion markets. This experience kept her on the road almost every other week, but allowed her to work strategically with company executives on their brand-building campaigns.

She began her career at CNN, where she stayed for six years, gaining experience in writing and producing. This career stop also landed her an editor-and-field-audio-tech husband, Ted, who keeps her steeped in current events as well as frequent flyer miles.

Anne earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications, but later felt a calling to teach Middle School. She earned a Masters of Education from Mercer University and taught English and social studies at Stone Mountain Middle School for a decade. While there, she was Chair of the English and Gifted Education Departments and was named “Teacher of the Year.” As a result, she remains a mentor to students and teachers she met there.

Away from work, Anne stays busy as a DeKalb County planning commissioner; she serves as a citizen advocate when her neighbors need help with community issues, too.

Anne has traveled to many places in North America and the Caribbean, Spain, Morocco and Portugal, but enjoys spending time at home in her garden whenever she has a moment to spare. She grew up in Fairfield, Ct., but feels like a Southerner after more than 20 years below the Mason-Dixon Line.