Research Areas

Philanthropy; Non-Profit Management and Consulting; Women’s Leadership


B.A., University of Michigan


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

American National Biography

Ann W. Caldwell

Ann W. Caldwell

Ann W. Caldwell

Ann W. Caldwell is President Emerita of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, a degree granting graduate school, where she served for ten years. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and was editor of the Harvard Graduate School of Education alumni magazine and research newsletter. She was writer and editor for the Radcliffe Institute and for an early conference on feminist scholarship. She served as Vice President for Resources at Wheaton College and Vice President for Development at Brown University where she was the first woman to be the chief development officer in the Ivy League.

She currently consults for a number of non-profit organizations, focusing on executive leadership, board development, strategic planning and governance. The former chair of the Commission on Women in Higher Education of the American Council on Education, she is currently a trustee and vice chair of the board of the American College of Greece in Athens.

Current Projects

My project is a full-length biography of the long and eventful life of Catherine Filene Shouse (1896-1994), philanthropist, author and advocate for women’s professional development. Born in Boston, she lived her adult life in Washington D.C. where she knew every US president from Coolidge to Clinton. This year I plan to write a book proposal and seek a publisher for the book.

Representative Publications

Caldwell, Ann W. “Catherine Filene Shouse 1896-1994” American National Biography Online, Oxford University Press 2015 

Caldwell, Ann W. “Curating a Life: The Biographer and Her Subject” South Street: A Literary Journal. Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center, MA. Vol. 2 Fall 2015