Ann Friedman is the Founder and CEO of Planet Word. Her interest in literacy began with a lifelong love of reading, early work as a copy editor and translator, and a later career as a beginning reading and writing teacher in the Montgomery County Public Schools. From 2010-2016, she served as the Chair of the Board of the SEED Foundation, the parent body of the nation's only public, inner-city, college-prep boarding schools, where she currently serves as Vice Chair. She is also a director of Conservation International and serves on the board of the Aspen Institute, where she is on the Advisory Board of Ascend, the Institute's program that takes a two-generation approach to ending family financial insecurity. She is a trustee of the Aspen Music Festival and School. She has served on the board of the National Symphony Orchestra for more than a decade in various roles. She and her husband, Tom Friedman, live in Bethesda, MD, and have two adult daughters.


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