Ann is a passionate grassroots advocate for women's health, education, gender equality, and economic empowerment — which are essential drivers for establishing more stable and just societies locally, nationally, and globally.
Ann’s global leadership was honed over the 16 years she served at the American Cancer Society, where she held the first-ever role of VP, Global Partnerships, and Planning. Ann has successfully managed high-level global relationships with multilateral organizations to make cancer and other non-communicable diseases a global health and development priority, including partnerships with the World Health Organization, UN agencies, the corporate sector, and a broad range of civil society organizations in the developing world, including Africa, Latin America, and India.
Ann also served as the inaugural Chief Development Officer/Executive Director of SIS Circles for the Black Women’s Health Imperative, where she led and oversaw the fundraising strategy and donor engagement plans.
Ann is a proud first-generation college graduate and holds a B.A. degree in English from Spelman College and a Master’s degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.