Ann came to Seattle in 1996 to work for the Seattle SuperSonics. She is now an attorney and mother of two elementary-aged kids who were born in Seattle. She is an avid member of her community. Ann currently serves on the executive board for the Seattle Youth Soccer Association as the VP of Recreational Development. Ann served as co-chair of a volunteer committee for a public elementary school fundraiser that successfully raised over $200,000. She has also served as a co-operative preschool Board member for 2 years and was a volunteer tutor through CAYA (Central Area Youth Association), helping refugee and immigrant students. Ann lives in north Seattle with her family where she volunteers to coach kids’ soccer teams for over four years.
Ann’s service to her community started long ago. In her college community, she spent time volunteering with people recently released from incarceration, led a campus-wide event known as Hunger Awareness Week and spent summers working with youth and refugees. She spent a summer helping at kids’ camps in Iowa and two summers in Australia helping at-risk youth, immigrants and refugees. Ann also helped the UN Border Relief Operation to do a survey in a Cambodian refugee camp along the Thai/Cambodian border in Surin, Thailand.
Ann is also a teacher. For a year, she taught conversational English to Thai college students at Yonok College in Lampang, Thailand. Currently, she teaches International Business Law in the Global Business Program to international students at the University of Washington Continuum College.
Ann holds a JD from Willamette University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Baylor University. During law school, she was a Court Certified Law Clerk at the Marion County District Attorney’s Office in Salem, Oregon, where she managed assigned criminal cases by conducting bench trials, analyzing crime, and negotiating plea deals. Ann established her own practice out of law school, becoming one of Seattle’s many small business owners. She has counseled clients and businesses and continues to do so for Functional Legal Solutions in Seattle, focusing on areas covering sports, business, employment, contracts, intellectual property, and other general civil areas.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Ann worked as a caseworker in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D. C., assisting constituents in matters regarding their military service, medicare and social security. She also combined her passion for sports with her work at a pro sports representational agency and then during her time as Assistant to the President for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1996 to 2001.
Ann was a political newcomer when she ran for Seattle City Council, driven by conversations for years with her young kids about the obvious plight of people alongside the roadways of Seattle. Elected people doing nothing meaningful about it, allowing the suffering of people and the degradation of the environment. Ann garnered 40% of the vote in the general election of 2019, after securing the endorsement of the Seattle Times over the incumbent. Ann continued her efforts to see change within her city and state, shaking things up by switching parties and running for Lieutenant Governor for Washington state. Seeing no actual work or commitment towards her issues by the ruling party, she changed her political affiliation. She was the top Republican in the primary, outraising the others by 6 to 1.
Ann stays active with CrossFit, Brazilian jujitsu, piano, and running the many beautiful trails Washington has to offer.