Ann Jerome

  • Name
  • Ann Jerome
  • Title
  • Executive Director
  • Organization
  • American Heart Association - Austin Area
  • Years as Executive Director
  • Year and a half.

  • What does your organization do?
  • The American Heart Association saves lives by investing in scientific research & discoveries, educating people of all ages about health lifestyle choices, and works to change the overall health of communities through our advocacy and outreach efforts.
  • How did you become interested in this work?
  • I have been a devoted non-profit person since the third grade – Catholic school volunteering will do that to you! My degrees are in Sociology and I have worked in leadership and development positions in a variety of local and national organizations since 1990.
  • What drives your passion?
  • Being helpful to others is really what drives me and keeps me interested and challenged. In the administrative and fundraising role, I enjoy knowing that the community connections I make for our organization can lead to supporters who are invested in our efforts and help us further our mission and our organization’s reach.
  • Did you have a mentor or role model?
  • Definitely, all the way back to graduate school I was fortunate to have leaders who took an interest in me and guided me along the way. From my first “real” job at Goodwill Industries in Omaha, Frank McGree, CEO, was my mentor and he’s still engaged and helpful to me today. I have a couple others who have added to my career along the way and they help me stay grounded, focused and real.
  • What's the biggest challenge in your work?
  • Continuing to stay on top of local trends in corporate giving, making solid connections to local leaders who have an interest in our mission, and most importantly keeping our team of staff and volunteers excited, energized and successful in reaching our ambitious goals.
  • What's the best advice that you have ever received?
  • That the ability of the organization to deliver on its mission is always -the most important- thing. It’s not about individuals who lead the organizations or personal pride or egos – it’s all about making the best strategic choices and business decisions that have the best impact on the organization and mission.
  • What are your top tips for new Executive Directors?
  • - Reach out to a couple of other tenured ED’s to connect with regularly
    - Have confidence in yourself and your ability to lead
    - Always keep your sense of humor and humility; they will carry you far in good times and not so good times.

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