Ann Shulman is a facilitator, mediator and trainer with twenty years of organizational development experience. Ann uses her expertise in facilitation, conflict resolution and intra-organizational communications to help foundations and non-profits deal with internal design and operational challenges – from planning and operation of meetings and retreats, to dealing with staff reductions and interpersonal conflicts on the Board of directors.

Ann has extensive experience in leadership curriculum design and delivery, having trained the leadership and staff of organizations ranging from Fortune 100 and 500 companies to top-ten foundations to academic institutions to small family foundations and local community groups; she also serves as a professional executive coach as well as an organizational effectiveness consultant. Ann brings an international perspective, having worked in over a dozen countries. She is the former President of the Northern California Mediation Association, spent four years as the Executive Director of the Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley, is on the Board of Directors of the West Marin Fund, directs her own family’s charitable fund, and has served on the board or as board chair of many nonprofit organizations.

Ann earned her B.S. in Psychology from Duke University, her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, and her LL.M. in International Law from the European University Institute. She is currently on the faculty of the Hastings College of Law in San Francisco where she teaches courses on facilitation.


Decision-Making when Founders Are Present

Posted on October 27, 2003 by Ann Shulman

Founders who are accustomed to making their own decisions in business at times ‘take charge’ of a foundation or advised fund inappropriately. Founders may think of the foundation as their own and feel impatient with or disrespectful of group decision-making. At the same time, they genuinely want their family members to be part of the foundation. Family members have options… Read More

Decision-Making Options for Family Philanthropy

Posted on October 27, 2003 by Ann Shulman

This chart from the Passages issue paper ‘Demystifying Decision-making’ presents the advantages and disadvantages of six individual and group decision-making methods. Included are suggestions for when to use of the methods presented… Read More

Demystifying Decisionmaking in Family Philanthropy

Posted on August 4, 2003 by Ann Shulman

The notion of selecting methods to use in making a decision is foreign to many family foundations and advised funds. Getting board members to agree can be difficult enough. Why would foundations and advisory boards want to add yet another step to the process? This Passages Issue Brief describes different kinds of decisions made under varying conditions and circumstances require… Read More

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