Ann B. Friedman was an elementary school teacher in Montgomery County (Maryland) and taught beginning reading for 9 years. She is an active volunteer, chairing the board of the SEED Foundation, the parent of the SEED schools of DC and Maryland, the nation’s only public, college-prep boarding schools. She is also a director of Conservation International, where she helped launch a Women’s Conservation Forum; the Aspen Music Festival; the National Symphony Orchestra; and WETA, where she and her husband help fund AdLit.org, a website dedicated to supporting parents and teachers in adolescent literacy. As a director of the Aspen Institute, she serves on the Advisory Board of Ascend, the family economic security program. She earned her B.A. in History and Economics from Stanford University in 1975, and received a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics (1976) and a Masters in Teaching from American University (1998). She and her husband, Thomas L. Friedman, the New York Times foreign affairs columnist, live in Bethesda, MD.