Points of View
It is hard to select one favorite, but an art form that I am currently intrigued with is the power of words. From written poetry to spoken word, hip hop and artfully and creatively placed words on graffiti. The right words at the right time can be powerful. A few words gracefully strung together can inspire, give people a voice, draw people in and capture the imagination or mood of a city.
Ann Hovland has been with the Foundation since 2010. As Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer, her primary responsibility is the oversight of finance and investment activities – ensuring we have money for our mission. Ann also brings her for-profit and venture development experience to the table in support of the arts, culture and leadership programmatic work of the Foundation and helps to identify opportunities to support the cultural community beyond typical grantmaking.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ann worked on various consulting projects for both for-profit and nonprofit entities; and was an adjunct professor in the MBA program at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver; teaching the capstone experiential learning course and new venture planning. Ann spent several years in Minnesota, where she was the Financial Director and then Business Development Officer for Mayo Medical Ventures, the Mayo Clinic’s venture arm. She began her career at Deloitte and Touche in Denver.
Ann is a graduate of the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, a CPA, and has her MBA from the University of St. Thomas. She has served on the boards of startup entities, nonprofit organizations, and various school and community committees. She currently serves on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, the Finance Committee for the Colorado Nonprofit Association and the planning Committee for the Foundation Finance Group.
Ann has tried her hand at many art forms, she sometimes plays the piano, has taken guitar at Swallow Hill, a memoir class at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and clay wheel throwing and watercolors at the Art Students League. She and her family are often audience members at various arts and culture events and whenever they can, spend time traveling, skiing, biking and hiking.