Ann Laddon has been a professional fundraiser since 1993. She began in the field as a grant writer and advanced to capital campaigns. Her various professional assignments have ranged from Capital Campaign Director at the Museum of Photographic Arts, Executive Director of the Foundation for Sierra Nevada College, to Director of Development at UCSD Medical Center. Ms. Laddon was recruited by the San Diego Natural History Museum in 1997 to serve as director of Planned Giving and Major Gifts and one year later was promoted to Director of Institutional Development. Ms. Laddon led the Museum’s highly successful capital drive, which secured over $34 million in capital support and $10 million in future estate gifts, while doubling annual contributed income. Ms. Laddon has been an invited instructor at University of California San Diego’s Extended Studies Professional Leadership program for the past five years.
Ms. Laddon attended Scripps College, Boston Conservatory of Music, and graduated Cum Laude from United States International University with a degree in Fine Arts. She completed an additional 26 units in business administration. Ms. Laddon ran her own business for 12 years, and was adjunct instructor at the University of California San Diego Theater Department and San Diego Mesa College.