Ann Gaasch

Chief Executive Officer



As CEO, Ann guides staff toward successful implementation of FamilyWise’s mission. She graduated from Carleton College and went on to earn her Master’s in counseling at St. Mary’s University. Ann also has a certificate in Trauma Effective Leadership, has co-authored a grief support curriculum, and has provided trainings on a variety of topics at local and national conferences.

Ann is deeply passionate about preventing re-entry of youth and families into the child welfare system and was chosen by Alia Innovations/IDEO as a 10 of 10 for Kids Innovator to redesign national practices. Previous positions include leadership experience at Tubman, the St. Paul/Ramsey County Children’s Initiative, The Bridge for Youth, and the Minnesota Department of Health.