Profile

Ann provides strategic counseling and crisis management to leaders and organizations in the corporate, non-profit and philanthropic sectors, working at the intersection of law, policy and politics to help them advance their goals and achieve their objectives. She also focuses on navigating high-profile disputes, investigations, and regulatory and compliance issues. She brings decades of experience in government, politics, health law, social policy and non-profit leadership. For clients seeking to navigate policy and regulatory issues, her practice is a bridge between Silicon Valley and Washington D.C. For two years running, Politico Magazine has named Ann to its list of top 50 “thinkers, doers and visionaries” who are transforming American politics.

As a Senior Policy Advisor to Hillary Clinton in her presidential campaign, she advised on critical policy issues from health care to education to job growth. As a non-profit leader, she brought together CEOs and other C-Suite executives in the health sector to find ways to better educate parents on the role they could play to improve their children’s health and educational outcomes. As a Deputy City Attorney in San Francisco, she was a founding member of San Francisco’s affirmative litigation task force, credited with taking on predatory lending practices of payday lenders that ultimately resulted in repayment to low-income individuals throughout California. She is also widely recognized as one of the national leaders helping business leaders and policymakers find ways to improve working conditions for employees with caregiving responsibilities. Ann has also provided crisis management to leaders in politics, government and business, dealing with sensitive high-stakes problems that could limit their effectiveness if not addressed in the right way.

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Education

  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., Brian M. Sax Prize for Excellence in Clinical Advocacy; Jurisprudence Award: Civil Trial Practice; Senior Articles Editor, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law; Law Clerk, East Bay Community Law Center
  • Stanford University, M.A., Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • Mount Holyoke College, B.A., Critical Social Thought; minor in Economics

Admissions

Bars

  • California

Awards and Associations

KQED, San Francisco (2013–present). Board of Directors of San Francisco Bay Area’s NPR and PBS affiliate station, KQED.  Member of the Audit Committee, the Nominating Committee and the Education Task Force, and former member of the Finance Committee.

Opportunity Institute, Berkeley (2015 to present). Co-founder and Chair of the Board of this non-profit that promotes social mobility and educational equity

Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (2017 to present). Board Member of this non-profit that works to improve the life chances of students in juvenile justice facilities

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Advisory Board Member (2017 to present)

East Bay Community Law Center, Berkeley (2003–2005; 2009–present). Board of Directors of UC Berkeley Law’s poverty law clinic, the East Bay Community Law Center

Public Advocates, San Francisco (2005–2011). Board of Directors

Awards:

Berkeley School of Law, Young Alumni Award (2017)

Politico Magazine. Named one of the top fifty “thinkers, doers, and visionaries” transforming American politics in 2015 and 2016

Office of Personnel Management. The Director’s Citation for Exemplary Public Service, 1999, in recognition of work as Special Assistant to the President, working with OPM to develop Executive Orders and Presidential Memorandums to improve work-life policies for federal employees

Government Service

Co-Executive Director, Clinton-Kaine Transition Project (pre-election)

Advisor, Obama-Biden Presidential Transition

Deputy City Attorney, Office of the San Francisco City Attorney

Legislative Director, United States Senate, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

Special Assistant to the President, The White House, Office of Domestic Policy

Senior Policy Advisor, United States Department of Education, Office of the Secretary

Special Assistant to the Deputy White House Counsel, The White House, Office of White House Counsel

Clerkships

  • Hon. John T. Noonan, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit