Ann Palmer


The Arthritis Foundation has a New CEO!

In September the Arthritis Foundation was pleased to announce the selection of Ann Palmer as the new President and Chief Executive Officer.  Ann’s first official day with the Foundation was on Monday, September 23.

Ann brings a wealth of leadership experience and success from her more than 30 years with voluntary health agencies, including the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and, most recently, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), where she was senior vice president, field management. The search committee strongly believes that Ann is the kind of leader the Foundation needs as it begins the next steps of our journey to move closer to the cure.

During her 12 years at CFF, Ann led and managed the fundraising activities of 450 nationwide staff members throughout 80 offices.  Ann worked tirelessly with volunteers to raise money for research, primarily through major giving, corporate development and special events.  Ann has chaired the Critical Success Factor Fundraising and Volunteer Development work teams charged with developing the CFF’s five-year strategic plan. In that role she created and implemented the CFF’s National Corporate Leadership Initiative, which raised $8 million in its third year through a nationally branded cause marketing campaign.

As the Arthritis Foundation seeks to bring our donors and constituents closer to the Foundation through improved data management, Ann brings significant experience to the table. She created a Web-based system for contracts and invoices, created multiple online fundraising programs, and improved outreach to supporters using marketing and communications through online Town Hall Meetings, bi-weekly online newsletters and other programs.  The Arthritis Foundation is excited to work with Ann Palmer as we continue to search for a cure.

The Arthritis Foundation would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Jack Klippel for his distinguished service with the Foundation and wish him well in his retirement.

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