Ann received her MS in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences from Montana State University. Her career path includes plant research, landscape restoration, land, water and natural resource planning. She spent many years as a conservation district supervisor and watershed coordinator in the beautiful Ruby Valley of southwest Montana. Since 2008 she has worked as a water resource planner for Montana Department of Natural Resources in the Upper Missouri and Clark Fork Basins. She is currently leading the state’s efforts to build drought resilience in the Missouri Headwaters Basin as part of the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP). She is passionate about building partnerships and working with communities to bring science and people together to build the connections and resilience across broad landscapes.