Ann Segal

Ann Segal

Visiting Fellow

Areas Of Expertise


Education & Certification

M.A., Education, University of Pennsylvania

Ann Segal is again the President of Action Strategies, serving as a consultant for foundations and organizations.  She is also a Visiting Fellow at Child Trends. From 2003 until 2013, she was the Senior Philanthropic Advisor for the domestic Disadvantaged Children and Families docket at Wellspring Advisors, LLC.  That docket funds policy advocacy activities related to  numerous issue areas at the federal and state levels.  Before joining Wellspring,  Ann was the President of Action Strategies. She spent several years as a Senior Manager and Director of the Washington Office of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, focusing on advocacy for children’s issues.  Her 22 years at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services were spent almost entirely in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).  Although 20 years of that time were spent in career positions, including serving as the career Senior Executive for Human Services Policy, she retired from the political position of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in 2000.  Ann worked on many programs that serve low-income children and families and attempted to make them more accessible, affordable, and of higher quality through policy proposals and through the funding and use of research and evaluation findings.  Included in her work was a focus on improving the outcomes for low-income children and families by linking services at the federal, state, and local levels.  Prior to her time in government, Ann established and directed a nonprofit child care center, created a summer arts camp for low-income children in an urban area, served on the board of a child guidance clinic, taught fourth grade in a rural elementary school, and worked with children on the surgical floor at Boston Children’s Hospital under the direction of Dr. Barry Brazelton.

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