Ann joined the Schott Foundation in 2008 as Vice-President for Strategy & Program Development. After seven years, and extensive involvement in helping develop the nationwide Opportunity To Learn campaign, she “retired” to do part-time consulting. In 2017, she returned to Schott as Senior Advisor to the President/CEO.
Ann’s career has been focused on strategic planning and building capacity in progressive organizations, particularly effectively using communications to help move ideas to action. She has authored and edited numerous public policy publications, including the Schott 50-State Report on Black Males and Public Education, New Directions in State and Local Tax Reform, and Women in the Economy: A Legislative Agenda. With co-author Bob Schaeffer, she wrote Winning Local and State Elections (Free Press/Macmillan, 1986).
Prior to joining the staff at Schott, she was Vice-President for Institutional Development at People for the American Way and Executive Vice President and then Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Policy Alternatives.
She has been a principal and managing partner in two communications firms, Millennium Communications Group, Inc. in Washington, D.C. and Schlesinger/Beaudry & Associates in Boston. During 1984-85, she was Director for Congressman Ed Markey’s district office in Massachusetts 7th CD.
Ann received a Masters in Education from the University of Oklahoma and continued graduate work in Sociology of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. She served two years in Teacher Corps and was a public school teacher in Oklahoma City and San Francisco before moving to Washington, D.C. to work on policy change.