As Special Advisor to the Mississippi Development Authority Ann mentored elected officials on the importance of returning to historic patterns of neighborhood development for a more environmentally and economically responsible rebuilding of the hurricane-devastated Gulf Coast. She has served as Urban Development Manager for the City of Ventura, CA, and Planning Director for her hometown of Monroe, LA. A co-founding principal (emeritus) of PlaceMakers, LLC, Ann initiated the SmartCode Workshops for the SmartCode, a comprehensive unified land development code for preserving and enhancing traditional neighborhoods.
Ann studied social psychology and communications at Loyola University before graduating with dual degrees in interior design and architecture from Louisiana Tech University. A “self-taught” urban designer, she received a Certificate in Traditional Neighborhood Development from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and has been a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism for over 15 years. Ann is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association, and is an advisor to the NOLA Bywater Neighborhood Smart Growth Association. She was North Delta Regional Representative to the Louisiana Preservation Alliance for over six years and a three-time Louisiana State Grants Awards panelist for the LA Division of Historic Preservation. She pursued her interest in public art as past president of the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council, and supported the Southern Mayors’ Institute for City Design as a LA Arts Grants Panelist.