Ann is the Executive Director of the Agua Fund. She has focused on conservation with an emphasis on protecting water resources for more than two decades. From 2009 to 2017 she served as Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she oversaw the Natural Resources Conservation Service and collaborated with farmers, ranchers, federal and state leaders, and other partners to restore large ecosystems across the nation. In that role, she also served as co-chair of the National Drought Resilience Partnership. She has held senior positions at American Rivers and with U.S. Senator Tom Daschle and California Lt. Governor Leo McCarthy. Most immediately Ann has served as a senior fellow at The George Washington University Sustainability Collaborative and Food Institute. She earned a BA in Political Science from Tufts University and an MPA from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School.