Profile: Ann M. Palmer, President & CEO of the Arthritis Foundation
By: CARRA | May 4, 2016 | Arthritis Foundation Announcements
Ann joined the Arthritis Foundation in 2013, with more than 30 years of successful nonprofit experience at three large voluntary health organizations: the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
With a BS in education from the University of Delaware, Ann began her career with the American Cancer Society in 1979, holding numerous roles of increasing responsibility over 18 years. In 1997, she joined the American Diabetes Association to oversee increased fundraising for their Mid-Atlantic region and led a nationwide operational restructuring that increased efficiency. During her 12 years at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ann’s leadership brought new business systems and a great team of staff and volunteers who annually raised over $100 million net income.
Ann is passionate about her work as the Foundation’s leader: “I see the everyday battles that people with arthritis face, and I’m truly inspired by their courage. We are responsible for helping more people say Yes to conquering those everyday challenges and fulfilling our mission of audaciously attacking arthritis and its effects.”