Board Chair, Plan International USA Board of Directors
Retired Health Care Executive
Ann C. O’Brien is an executive-level business professional with more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, execution and financial management in the health care, higher education and nonprofit fields. She is also involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors serving girls, children and people living in poverty.
For more than 15 years, Ann was an executive in the health care management advisory practice of a Big Four accounting and consulting firm. In that role, she led strategic and business planning engagements for large academic medical centers, hospitals and physician practices involving integrated health system development, financial management and physician practice management.
Most recently, Ann was the vice president at Grants Plus, a fundraising and grant-seeking firm serving the nonprofit community. In her role, she was responsible for all business operations including human resources, budgeting and financial management, information technology and business planning. Prior to her time at Grants Plus, she served as a program director for the Center for Innovation and Growth at Baldwin Wallace University, the president and a board member of the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation and the finance director for the eastern region of the Cleveland Clinic Health System.
Ann has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations and is currently on the board of directors for both the Saint Luke’s Foundation as well as the Deaconess Foundation. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in international politics and economics from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Ann lives in Cleveland with her husband, Robert, and has three adult children.