Ann McLane Kuster has spent her life bringing people together to strengthen New Hampshire – as an adoption attorney, a public policy advocate, an author and an active volunteer in the state nonprofit community.
She has been actively involved in a number of significant health and education policy issues, including the creation of the UNIQUE College Savings Program to help families save for their children’s college education and the Medication Bridge Program to make free medication available to low-income families.
Annie was born and raised in Concord, NH. Her parents were community leaders – her mother Susan McLane was a State Senator and pioneer for women in New Hampshire politics, and her father Malcolm was a prominent attorney who served as Mayor of Concord, on the Executive Council, and ran for Governor as an Independent in 1972.
Annie graduated from Dartmouth College in 1978, in the third class with women, and received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1984.
Active in community service, Annie has served on the Board of Trustees of many community organizations, including the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Capitol Center for the Arts and Child and Family Services of New Hampshire. She was a founder of the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire and served on the Board of the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College to encourage community service. For her work, Child & Family Services honored Annie with the “Voice for Children” award. She also received the “Champion for Choice” award from NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire for her work as an adoption attorney.
With her mother Susan, Annie co-authored a book entitled “The Last Dance: Facing Alzheimer’s with Love and Laughter,” and after her mother’s death, she toured the state with her father speaking about aging, Alzheimer’s, and family care. As a result, Annie received the Rainbow Award from Riverbend Community Mental Health Center in 2008, celebrating those who raise awareness of mental-health issues in New Hampshire.
Over the past 25 years Annie helped hundreds of New Hampshire families adopt children, and she was a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. In January 2011, Annie founded Newfound Strategies LLC, a consulting and training practice that works with nonprofit clients to maximize their effectiveness and sustainability. Newfound Strategies consults with nonprofit clients in New Hampshire and beyond with a focus on fundraising and grassroots outreach to build organizational strength and capacity.
In 2010, Annie was the Democratic nominee for Congress in the Second Congressional District of New Hampshire, narrowly losing by just 3,551 votes (1%) in one of the closest open-seat races in the country.
She lives in Hopkinton with her husband Brad, an environmental attorney, where they raised their sons Zach, a recent college graduate, and Travis, who attends college in Hanover, NH.