Ann Smith

Founder & President

Founder and owner of A.wordsmith, Ann Smith is passionate about a lot of things, including her family, loud country music concerts, adrenaline-pumping Burncycle rides and St. Louis Cardinals baseball. At work this energy centers on building strong partnerships with her clients, connecting them with their target audiences and delivering exceptional results. With more than 15 years of strategic communications experience Ann has worked in both agency and corporate settings, providing a broad range of support to clients. Prior to founding A.wordsmith Ann worked at PR agencies Weber Shandwick Worldwide and Standing Partnership – managing accounts for large global companies – and served as an internal marketing manager for an international consultancy. Yet it wasn’t until starting A.wordsmith that she realized her true passion in collaborating with successful growing businesses and serving as an extension of their team.

Ann holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from the University of Oregon. She serves on the Willowbrook Arts Camp board of directors, is a participant in Go-To Girls, a special society of Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, and a supporting member of Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. Ann previously held board of director positions for Portland’s iconic Hollywood Theatre, Girls on the Run of Portland Metro, Business for Culture & the Arts and Abilities at Work. She is also a member of Public Relations Society of America’s Counselors Academy, Technology Association of Oregon, and a graduate of the Portland Business Alliance’s Leadership Portland program.

“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.”
— Mark Twain