Ann Courter advocates for policies to improve the life opportunities of young children, with a focus on children ages 0-3. Before coming to the Shriver Center, Ann worked as a consultant on community systems development for early care and education. Ann has analyzed education policy for the Illinois P-20 Council, advocated for fair and transparent state budgets as the Director of the Budget and Tax Policy Initiative at Voices for Illinois Children, and represented low-income individuals and class plaintiffs at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. She earned a masters degree in social science from the University of Chicago in 2014, a law degree from Yale Law School in 1981, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Iowa in 1976.