Ann M. Palmer is president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation, the largest national nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, control and cure of arthritis. Palmer has held the position since September 2013.
A visionary leader with more than 30 years in non-profit management, Palmer is widely regarded for spearheading fundraising and volunteer development agendas in three of the nation’s most prestigious volunteer-driven organizations-Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, American Diabetes Foundation and American Cancer Society.
Before assuming her current position, Palmer served as senior vice president of field management at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, leading volunteers and staff in 80 offices across the country and generating $120 million in net revenue. Previously, she served as regional executive vice president of the American Diabetes Association, and before that served in multiple leadership and fundraising roles for 18 years at the American Cancer Society.
Palmer earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Delaware, and has since developed and fostered a passion for working closely with volunteers. Palmer resides in Atlanta with her husband, Gary, and has three adult children. She enjoys entertaining, gardening and traveling together.