Ann Ruzow Holland

Adjunct Faculty
Department of Environmental Studies

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Ann Ruzow Holland, Ph.D. works with governments, non-profit organizations, universities, and businesses as a freelance consultant and advisor. She provides a range of services associated with environmental planning, sustainability, citizen participation, and organizational management. Ann has served as an advisor to many local, regional, and international organizations and currently serves on the Board of the Lake Champlain Committee and the New York Main Street Alliance.

Ann managed community and environmental planning, housing, infrastructure and agricultural development, renewable energy, housing, health care, hazard mitigation, disaster assistance, and facility improvement projects and programs. Holland is considered a Master grant writer. Ann founded, and then for 21 years acted as executive director of Friends of the North Country, Inc., a nonprofit organization recognized as a leader in sustainable development. She has collaborated with federal and state agencies to bring financial and technical resources to local communities. Holland has special experience working as a project liaison for multi-million dollar green technology projects, as a GASB advisor and a grants subject-matter-expert. Ann received several awards, including the prestigious Harriet Tubman Community Service Award for her work in social justice.

Ann is an academic and professional expert whose practice and research focuses on participation and engagement, all forms of planning, and organizational management. Her dissertation focused on participatory action research case studies in protected areas planning. Ann teaches geography, environmental science and research methods at the undergraduate and graduate level. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Environmental Science, a C.A.S. in Administration and Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies.