Ann spent the first seven years of her career on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide for two Florida senators. In that time she helped craft legislation to protect fragile ecosystems; mitigate disruptions in the airline industry caused by extensive industry mergers and acquisitions; expand community policing; provide funding for critical construction and land management projects; and target federal health, education, and veterans’ benefits to vulnerable populations.
After leaving the Hill, Ann served as a special assistant to then U.S. EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner where she helped implement reform of the nation’s food safety laws – a task that included coordination of the White House, FDA, EPA, USDA, Congress and numerous consumer, health and environmental NGOs. Also during the Clinton-Gore Administration, she served as Communications Director for an Internet-based, international science education program under the direction of the Vice President.
In 2000, Ann joined the Washington, D.C. office of Fleishman-Hillard where she managed a White House funded campaign to reduce teen drug use and a USDA effort to rebrand and increase participation in the Food Stamp program. She briefly returned to her Florida roots to work in the Miami office of Fleishman -Hillard before joining the Washington office of VOX Global in 2008 to help manage the growing public affairs firm and offer her 20 years of public affairs and campaign experience to the firm’s diverse client base of corporations and non-profits.
At VOX, Ann has worked with clients to design a campaign to enact meaningful climate change legislation; minimize barriers to the introduction of alternative fuels in the U.S. marketplace; launch mental health and education projects nationally; and develop corporate citizenship and sustainability strategies. She is a frequent speaker on best practices on advocacy communications and effective integration of CSR and sustainability programs.
Ann has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in Public Policy Studies and a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University in American Government.
In cooler climates, you will find Ann on her snowboard. Where warmer, she heads to the sea in a kayak. When not outdoors or working for her valued clients, she’ll surf the Internet – which unfortunately does not burn the same calories as the other hobbies.