Since 1997, Ann has coached nonprofit leaders to fulfill their vision for their organizations.
As a consultant to domestic and international organizations, she has
- Coached executives on board empowerment, visionary leadership, planning, management, fundraising, and ways to generate strategic partnerships.
- Coached staff and board leaders to resolve crises and controversies with dignity and respect.
- Designed and facilitated planning and other meetings and retreats.
- Trained staff on issues such as communication, fundraising, meeting structure, and effective team collaboration.
As president/CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (1992–1997), she transformed the Religious Coalition from a low-visibility organization into an energized movement.
As CEO of the Religious Coalition, she
- Led the organization through strategic planning that restructured the board of directors and denominational involvement.
- Built unprecedented collaboration between the secular and religious pro-choice movements.
- Represented the organization and its 40-member denominations and faith groups; served as a major spokesperson for the organization in all media and before the public; and instituted powerful new communications tools, including redesigned branding and new media.
- Reversed the organization’s pattern of deficit spending and set the stage for continuing growth; diversified the fund development program by instituting new major-donor and planned-giving programs.
- Transformed a historically white organization into one in which people of color provide energetic staff and volunteer leadership; established the Black Church Initiative; and set in motion the first National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality.
- Convened a national conference in Pensacola, FL, a community that had experienced three murders at a local abortion clinic, and mobilized Pensacola’s religious community to end the violence.
Before her tenure as a CEO, Ann provided consultation and volunteer board services to a variety of local and national organizations. (See client list.)
From 1979 to 1991, she
- Wrote and published cutting-edge materials on sexuality education, reproductive health, sexuality, and gender (see partial publication list.); edited and published newsletters; and wrote fundraising proposals and marketing materials.
- Spoke extensively on sensitive issues related to sexual health, reproductive rights, and gender diversity; keynoted conferences; facilitated workshops; trained youth and youth workers; and moderated panels at numerous national and regional conferences, including the YWCA of the USA, Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), the Reconciling Congregation Program, and others.
- Was a founding member of the Bridge Builders Fund, a community-based grantmaking fund, where she helped create policies and procedures to raise funds, publicize the availability of grants, and approve funding.
- Was a founding board member of the Reconciling Ministries Network, a national grassroots organizing group, where she helped establish policies and supported the development of a new organization, including spin-off from the parent organization.
Ann also worked for 10 years as a social worker.
As a social worker at the Juvenile Protective Association, Chicago Child Care Society, and Woodlawn Child Health Services, she specialized in intervention with families struggling with child abuse and neglect.
Her education and training include
- Leadership training, Landmark Education Corporation
- Master of Arts, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
- Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, University of Kansas
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