Dr. Ann Hart was the President of the NAACP Maricopa County Chapter, Phoenix, Arizona from 2016 to November 2017. She was the former Deputy Associate Superintendent for the Arizona Department of Education, appointed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, in 2004, to oversee school Discipline and Classroom Management. She was very successful in providing professional development to over 3,000 teachers, administrators and support staff in the effective maintenance of healthy and orderly learning environments, which contribute to the academic success of students. Dr. Hart was the first to fill such a position in this state. Dr. Hart’s passion ignites her thirst in helping to engage parents’ students and the community, which foster environments of education, learning and training.
Dr. Hart has been involved in the field of Education since she graduated from Cheyney University, in Cheyney, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hart’s education has also been enhanced with 13 years of Federal Government experience, where she led Region III in investigations for the Office for Civil Rights, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A visionary and an active community leader, “Inspirational” speaker and writer, Dr. Hart continues to be a woman who inspires through her leadership and leads by the principal of “Having Faith for the Journey.” Her purpose-driven passion for educating the community on various school/community issues has kept her busy in the twenty plus years that she has spent in education sectors; thus igniting a thirst which continues to embrace her commitment to raising educational and community awareness in the areas of civil rights, human relations, diversity, Zero Tolerance, School Discipline, Parent Involvement, civil rights issues; and the empowerment of women; just to name a few. She has been featured in The Arizona Woman Magazine, the Az. Republic, Az. Informant for her education, civic and community involvement and contributions.
Dr. Hart has been the recipient of “numerous” city, and state acknowledgements and awards. The Founder of the first Black Women’s Organization, (Phoenix Black Women’s Task Force), she created a platform for Emerging Women. She was the first African Woman to Chair for the Phoenix Women’s Commission, for the City of Phoenix, which provided dynamic forums for prominent speakers to address audiences of over 1,000 women for International Women’s Day. She has been the recipient of the YWCA Women’s Leadership, East Valley and the Maricopa Branches of the NAACP as a Humanitarian and Outstanding Educator of the Year. Most recently, she was awarded the 2016 Strategic Alliance Legion by the Phoenix Metropolitan Chapter of National Coalition of the 100 Black Women. Additional honors and awards for her outstanding work in education sectors and community involvement have highlighted her unselfish endeavors for the past 30 years.
Dr. Hart holds a doctorate degree from Arizona State University, in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. She is an active member of the Phoenix Metropolitan Graduate Chapter of Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc., The Links, Inc., and Interim President of Maricopa County NAACP.