Director, Public Sector Division
Price Waterhouse Cooper
Ann Davison has an accomplished career as a communications and public affairs advisor to elected officials, government program officers, corporate executives, trade association and nonprofit leaders. She is recognized for creating impact-focused public education campaigns, bringing fresh insights to citizen engagement challenges and driving multiple stakeholders towards common goals.
Ann currently serves as a Director in the Public Sector division of PricewatershouseCooper where she advises federal agencies and large nonprofit institutions on strategies to more effectively engage the public and key stakeholders. She was recently selected to help lead a team providing public relations and crisis management counsel to U.S. Census Bureau in preparation for the 2020 Decennial with the goal of maximizing public participation, especially among hard-to-reach audiences.
Ann spent 15 years of her career as a senior leader with two of the nation’s leading public relations firms. As the Chair of the U.S. Public Affairs and Crisis Practice at Burson-Marsteller, Ann led an award-winning crisis management and reputation recovery campaign for first U.S. hospital to diagnose a patient with Ebola and was invited by the Rockefeller Foundation to share learnings at an international gathering of crisis communications professionals. At Fleishman-Hillard, Ann led ground-breaking integrated communications campaigns to improve public health on behalf of federal government agencies, major philanthropies and academic institutions including the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Paul G. Allen Foundation and the George Washington University School of Public Health. Ann also worked with private sector clients to create signature corporate citizenship programs and thought leadership platforms with a focus on sustainability and education.
Ann’s public sector experience includes serving as an advisor to EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner in the Clinton-Gore Administration, managing an interagency task force on food safety reform involving the White House, four federal agencies and multiple advocacy organizations. She regularly briefed Cabinet Members, Congressional staff and media on EPA initiatives and was detailed to the Office of the Vice President to lead communications for a ground-breaking international science and environmental education program.
Prior to joining the Administration, Ann provided legislative counsel and constituent relations support for Florida Senators Lawton Chiles and Bob Graham. She helped secure enactment of legislation to expand hospice benefits to veterans; built a broad coalition to create the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; and worked with law enforcement and higher education leaders to increase college completion rates of police officers.
A graduate of Duke University (BA) and Johns Hopkins University (MA), Ann is actively involved with a national nonprofit to prevent domestic violence, Saving Promise. She is also the Development Committee Chair for the Duke University Student Publishing Company and founding member of the Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists Board of Directors.
Ann resides in Basye, VA with her husband Jim where they enjoy fly fishing on the Shenandoah River and supporting local wineries.