Ann Friedman is the Founder and CEO of Planet Word and the developer behind the restoration of the Franklin School, the museum’s home. Her interest in literacy began with a lifelong love of reading, early work as a copy editor and translator, and a later career as a beginning reading and writing teacher in the Montgomery County Public Schools. From 2010-2016, she served as the Chair of the Board of the SEED Foundation, the parent body of the nation’s only public, inner-city, college-prep boarding schools, where she currently serves as Vice Chair. She is also an emerita director of Conservation International and serves on the Advisory Board of Ascend, the Aspen Institute’s program that takes a two-generation approach to ending family financial insecurity. She is co-vice chair of the Aspen Music Festival and School. She has served on the board of the National Symphony Orchestra for more than a decade in various roles. She is a founding board member of the Downtown DC Foundation. She and her husband, Thomas L. Friedman, the New York Times foreign affairs columnist, live in Bethesda, MD, and have two adult daughters.