Ann Shulman is a facilitator, mediator and trainer who has been helping groups from around the world work together more effectively for over 20 years. She first became fascinated with group dynamics while working as a bicycle tour guide in Europe the summer after passing the Bar Exam.
After a brief stint practicing environmental law for the California Coastal Conservancy, Ann worked as a Senior Program Officer for the non-profit Partners for Democratic Change, helping to establish Conflict Resolution Centers in the newly formed countries of Eastern Europe, and overseeing the training of Center leaders in facilitation and conflict resolution skills. As a Senior Fellow for National Institute for Dispute Resolution, Washington D.C., she used conflict resolution methods to facilitate cooperative problem-solving processes among diverse groups in Russia, Mexico and throughout the United States.
For the next six years, she worked in the for-profit sector as a Senior Associate and Master Trainer for the consulting firm Interaction Associates, where she taught senior leaders across five continents how to make their meetings and work teams more effective.
Currently, Ms. Shulman is the co-founder and President of Philanthropy Associates, a consulting firm that provides program design and evaluation, meeting/retreat facilitation, and strategic planning services to foundations, individual donors and non-profit organizations. In this capacity, she has designed and facilitated collaborative change efforts with a wide variety of organizations across the United States, Eastern and Western Europe, Morocco, Australia and the Pacific Rim.
Ms. Shulman has extensive experience in curriculum development and delivery, having trained the leadership and staff of organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies and top-ten foundations to local and international community groups. She is the former President of the Northern California Mediation Association and is a regular presenter at local and national nonprofit sector forums. Ann speaks French, Italian and passable Spanish, and brings an international perspective, having worked in over a dozen countries. She is the co-author of Trouble-Free Travel…And What To Do When Things Go Wrong (Nolo Press, 1998).
Ms. Shulman received her LL.M. in International Law from the The European University Institute, Florence, Italy in 1991, her J.D. from Boalt Hall in 1989 and her B.S. in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, from Duke University in 1985.
In her free time, Ann enjoys singing, creating photo albums, playing with her two sons and just about any activity outdoors.