Ann Alpers is the president and CEO of the S. H. Cowell Foundation, which seeks to improve the quality of life of Northern and Central California’s poorest children by making grants to support and strengthen these children’s families and the communities where they live. Prior to joining Cowell in 2005, Ann was a faculty member of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California, San Francisco where she co-directed the required medical ethics course for third year medical students and sat on the hospital’s ethics committee. She has taught health law and bioethics as a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, St. Louis University School of Law, and the University of California, Berkeley. From 1999-2003, Ann was Deputy City Attorney for Health and Human Services for the City and County of San Francisco where she served as general counsel to the Department of Public Health.
Ann chairs the board of Legal Services for Children and the Executive Committee for Friends of the Smith College Libraries. She is the former chair of the board of Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and a former trustee of Marin Country Day School.