Ann Bryson brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in the philanthropic field both as a grantmaker and a development professional.
Ann has held senior roles at the Columbus Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the OhioHealth Foundation. She served as Vice President of Program at the Columbus Foundation, where she managed the Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking portfolio; provided counsel on mission and grantmaking strategy to numerous supporting foundations; served as chief program officer in Education; and worked with advised fund donors to help them fulfill their philanthropic visions. While at the Columbus Foundation, Ann led a ten-year strategic grantmaking initiative to measure community improvement in early childhood education, youth development, family stability, and neighborhood quality.
As Vice President of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Nationwide Children’s, Ann supported the fundraising to establish the Center for Family Safety and Healing and the Columbus Blue Jackets Family Resource Center. Her work at the OhioHealth Foundation included leading the successful capital campaign to build a new and expanded Kobacker House, the community’s largest nonprofit freestanding inpatient hospice residence. Her extensive fundraising experience includes capital campaign planning and management; major gift solicitation; annual appeals; event sponsorships; and philanthropic communications and marketing. Ann has participated in campaign feasibility studies and has led groups of fundraising volunteers, including the OhioHealth Hospice Development Board and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Development Board.
She also has held positions in human services administration and government relations.
Ann graduated from Youngstown State University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and from the Temple University School of Law. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Shadowbox Live Theatre and has previously served on numerous nonprofit boards.