Ann Davison, Vice Chair
As Chair of Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. Public Affairs and Crisis Practice, Ann Davison helps organizations create communication and public affairs programs designed to raise awareness and shape attitudes with the goal of changing individual behaviors and public policies. With 25 years of experience, Ann heads a team of professionals creating and executing public policy, reputation, advocacy and education campaigns for Fortune 100 global organizations, business coalitions, non-profits and private foundations. Her clients look to her for fresh thinking and insights on how to advance their reputations and organizational objectives.
Ann joined Burson-Marsteller in June 2014 from FleishmanHillard/VOX Global where she served as Managing Director and Chair of the Education and Non-profit Practice Groups. During her tenure with the firm, she managed numerous multi-million dollar projects, including a White-House campaign to reduce teen drug use; a series of initiatives to increase awareness of and support for family mental health services; and a national effort to rebrand and increase participation in the USDA Food Stamp (SNAP) program.
From 1995 to 2000, Ann was Communications Director for The GLOBE Program, an initiative of the Clinton-Gore White House designed to leverage the introduction of Internet-based learning to improve K-12 science education. Earlier in her career, she was a Special Assistant at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she worked on the development of major food safety reform campaigns. Ann spent the first six years of her career on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Aide for Florida Senators Lawton Chiles and Bob Graham, building bi-partisan coalitions among Members of Congress.
Ann earned her B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, and her M.A. in American Government from The Johns Hopkins University. Currently, she is on the board of the Duke University Student Publishing Company, a corporate partnership advisor to domestic violence prevention non-profit Saving Promise, and is the Co-Chair of the Women in Government Relations Education Task Force.