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Ann O’Leary

Senior Fellow

Expertise: Employment, poverty, welfare, women's rights and health

Ann O’Leary is a Senior Fellow at American Progress and is also the vice president and director of the Children and Families Program at Next Generation in San Francisco, where she spearheads the Too Small to Fail initiative. Previously, Ann has served as a lecturer in health law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; executive director of the Berkeley Center on Health, Economic & Family Security; a deputy city attorney for the city of San Francisco; legislative director to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton; and she spearheaded the children and family policy team on the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Bill Clinton.

Ann is a member of the board for KQED, northern California’s public news provider, and serves on the board of the East Bay Community Law Center, a legal clinic serving low-income members of the community. Ann previously served as a volunteer policy advisor to the Hillary Clinton for President campaign on issues related to children and working families, and she served as a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition team, advising the incoming administration on early childhood education issues.

Ann received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, her M.A. from Stanford University, and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.