Anna Schindler, born in 1968, has been Director of Urban Development for the City of Zurich since November 2011. She heads the division within the Presidential Department of the City of Zurich, which, in addition to the Socio-spatial Development Unit, also includes Economic Development, the Integration Office, Foreign Affairs and Smart City Zurich. Previously, the cultural and economic geographer worked for various German and English-language publications and publishing houses and as a communications consultant in the field of architecture, real estate and urban development for small and larger companies and businesses. She taught media studies, cultural communication and cultural management at the ZHAW and the University of Zurich. Anna Schindler lives in Zurich with her husband and three sons.