Ann was born and raised in New York and graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan. Ann received a BA in Literature from Marymount College and her Master’s Degree from Columbia University. She has worked at Time Magazine and as a teacher in Harlem. In the 1980′s she became a marketing director for an architectural firm and owned a bookstore in Piermont, NY which focused on Hudson River memorabilia and art work.
In 1965 Ann moved with her husband to a home on Snedens Landing, a small pre-revolutionary village on the western shores of the Hudson River. She has spent the past 45 years uncovering its history and working to protect this magnificent waterway. The house is situated on a large stretch of waterfront and because of this proximity she became all too aware of the massive pollution problems and the lack of respect of its users for this extraordinary natural resource. Ann and her husband joined forces with people of similar mind to work to protect the river which is how they first met Bob Boyle and Lee Savage. Both men had been active in the Fishermen’s Association which eventually evolved into the Riverkeeper. Ann served as a member of the Riverkeeper Board of Directors from the late1980’s until 2000.
Ann has also served on the boards of the Tappan Zee Preservation Coalition; Palisades Historical Society; Palisades Free Library; and the Rockland Country Day School. She is currently a member of; NRDC, Scenic Hudson, Clearwater, Rockland Family Shelter, Rockland Center for the Arts, Baryshnikov Art Center, Nyack Hospital Foundation, Training Institute for Mental Health, Children’s Shakespeare Theatre, Environment Advocates, Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank, Martha’s Vineyard Nature Conservancy.