Published 10/14/14

Ann Marie Habershaw ’84, CPA, MBA: Dedicated to helping others

Ann Marie HabershawObama for America, the Democratic National Committee, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee are just a few of the heavyweights on Ann Marie Habershaw’s resume. Her experience leading organizations in the private and non-profit sector and her background in finance and operations now inform her role as chief of staff and director of external affairs for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. That is the agency that recruits and retains a world-class government workforce of two million, leading the establishment and oversight of human capital policy, ensuring the availability of quality benefits for the federal work force, managing benefits for all federal retirees, and conducting more than 90 percent of background investigations for the federal government.

“My time in mission-driven organizations over the last 20 years is about dedication and a desire to help others and make a difference.”

At Bryant, Habershaw says, “One of the most important lessons I learned was that the financial strength and transparency of any organization are key to its success, and understanding these aspects allows you to move into senior leadership positions in any area.”

This knowledge allowed Habershaw to leverage her accounting degree to success in a series of high visibility executive positions in the private and non-profit sector. Before joining the Office of Personnel Management, she served as chief operating officer of President Obama’s reelection campaign, Obama for America. Responsible for building a nationwide infrastructure to align with the national campaign plan, she oversaw all aspects of campaign operations, including a $1 billion budget and more than 800 offices nationwide.  

Habershaw’s two decades of experience in the operations and finance of mission-driven organizations included working as chief operating officer at the Democratic National Committee, chief financial officer, and subsequently the COO of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where she oversaw organizational assessments and led successful overhauls.

“My time in mission-driven organizations over the last 20 years is about dedication and a desire to help others and make a difference.”