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Boston, MA - The Trustees, the world’s first and Massachusetts’ largest land conversation and preservation nonprofit, has named Ann C. Tikkanen to the position of Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. In her new role, Ann serves as a member of The Trustees’ Executive leadership team and is responsible for driving growth, innovation, and operational excellence in the organization’s financial and administrative affairs. She oversees a team that includes Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Risk Management professionals.
“We are delighted to welcome Ann to The Trustees where she will be central in building an integrated vision that supports our long-term financial health and new growth opportunities as part of our 2023 strategic plan,” says Barbara Erickson, Trustees President, and CEO. “Her decades of non-profit and for-profit experience, passion for the outdoors, and accomplishments working with complex, multi-location membership organizations like the YMCA will be a huge asset as we move our strategic vision to protect, steward, and share special places and mission with current and future generations.”
Before joining The Trustees, Ann was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the YMCA of Greater Boston where she was instrumental in growing, innovating, and modernizing the organization over a 21 year period. Her impact and leadership contributed to overall revenue growth from $20 million to $75 million and driving the organization’s expansion to more than 85 program sites serving over 100,000 members through innovative tax-exempt financing. While there she worked to innovate and modernize the organization, instituting vital risk management practices, creating a nationwide shared services consortium and delivering numerous improvements in the organization’s technology capabilities.
“I am excited to join the executive leadership team of this esteemed conservation and preservation nonprofit,” says Tikkanen. “I have always been an outdoor recreation enthusiast and a long-time Trustees member and user of its statewide properties and look forward to helping the organization innovate, grow, and expand its impact for the benefit of Massachusetts residents and visitors.”
Earlier in her career, Ann served in a variety of financial roles in several established and start-up technology firms. She was recognized as Non-Profit CFO of the Year in 2011 by the Boston Business Journal.
Ann has been an active volunteer in the nonprofit and corporate community. She founded the YMCA’s Shared Services, Inc. where she served as Treasurer and is a past board member of Mass Bay SIG, a self-insured workers’ compensation collaboration of Massachusetts-based nonprofits. She currently serves as a member of The Boston Club and The Treasurer’s Club of Boston.
Ann holds a BS from Northeastern University and an MBA from Babson College. She is a Boston native and currently resides in Cambridge, MA.