A native of Weldon, Arkansas, Ann Florie received a BA in Political Science from Newcomb College of Tulane University. She is the Executive Director of Leadership Birmingham, a program that yearly brings together 45 civic and business leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the Birmingham area. Ms. Florie was previously the founding Executive Director of Region 2020, Inc., that led efforts to promote regional cooperation and citizen involvement in the areas of affordable housing, education, arts and culture, transportation and land use in a twelve-county area in Central Alabama.
She serves on the boards of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) and Leadership Alabama. She is vice-president and program chair of the Downtown Kiwanis Club and is on the UAB School of Public Health Advisory Board, the UAB Leadership Cabinet, the Alabama Nature Conservancy and is Chair of the Board of The Freshwater Land Trust. She also serves on the Board of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and was appointed to the Jefferson County Personnel Board. In addition, she is on the Executive Committee of the Birmingham Business Alliance.
Ms. Florie was a member of the Mountain Brook Board of Education for 10 years, where she served as Vice-Chair. She was a founding board member of the Children First Foundation, First Look, Inc. and the Women’s Fund. She has served on the boards of the United Way of Central Alabama, the McWane Center and the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Florie is a past president of the Junior League of Birmingham and served on the board of the Association of Junior Leagues International. She served on the transition team for U.S. Rep. Artur Davis. She is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham, Leadership Alabama and Momentum Leadership Program.
She has received the Richard Arrington, Jr. Achievement Award, the Cahaba Girl Scouts “Women of Distinction” Award, the Girls, Inc. “She Knows Where She’s Going Award”, the BBJ Top Birmingham Women Award and the Birmingham News “Up and Coming Leaders” Award. She was a recipient of the 2008 NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award.