Ann Warner
Chief Executive Officer

Ann Warner has nearly twenty years of experience advocating for the rights of women and girls around the world and in the South. As the founding CEO of the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN), Ann leads the development and implementation of a strategic plan for statewide expansion and impact; oversees advocacy, education and empowerment programs; directs operations and manages staff; and leads efforts for financial sustainability. Before moving to South Carolina to lead WREN, Ann spent eight years with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) in Washington DC, where she led research and advocacy initiatives to promote the health and empowerment of women and girls around the world. She was also the Co-Chair of the US national chapter of Girls Not Brides: Global Partner­ship to End Child Marriage, and has successfully advocated with the US government to devote more attention to the issue of child marriage. Before joining ICRW, Ann conducted research on violence against women and girls in the West African nation of Liberia. Ann has also worked for CARE USA, building support for humanitarian relief and development programs around the world, and for an HIV/AIDS service and education organization in Atlanta, GA. Ann has a joint Master of International Affairs and Master of Public Health from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wellesley College. Ann is currently a Midlands Class XI participant in The Riley Institute with Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative.

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