A national network of funders supporting strategic, innovative, and effective solutions to homelessness

Ann Woodward

Interim Executive Director

annie1.jpgAnn brings to Funders Together more than 25 years of program development, management and leadership experience in the non-profit, quasi-governmental and public sectors. As an independent consultant or member of a consulting team, Ann brings to her work a spirit of collaboration and positive engagement along with a focus on results.

Prior to the launch of her consulting practice, she served as Chief Operating Officer and Interim Executive Director of the Melville Charitable Trust, where she led the organization through an unplanned executive transition following the unexpected death of the founding executive director. During her tenure she advanced the Trust’s real estate strategy in a disinvested neighborhood of Hartford, Connecticut, improved property performance, introduced asset management functions, and oversaw the historic rehabilitation of an older residential property into non-profit office space.

Prior positions include Senior Vice President of Mercy Housing’s National Development Consulting Practice; Interim COO for the acquisition of the Lakefront Supportive Housing portfolio by Mercy Housing; VP for Community Services for Lakefront Supportive Housing; Director of Community Services for the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, and Associate Director of the City of Boston’s Office of Jobs and Community Services. From time to time during the last fifteen years she completed additional consulting assignments consistent with her professional expertise.

Ann holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. As a Children and Family Fellow, she is a standing member of the Children and Family Fellowship Network of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

-Nancy Frees Fountain, Managing Director at The Frees Foundation

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