Staff Spotlight: Ann Marie Stafford

Tell us about your role at Vanguard

My title is Chief Development Officer and I am in charge of all things fundraising, which includes fundraising for PACs, nonprofits and some political candidates. My mantra is: you have to make the ask!

What spawned your interest in politics?

While I was in school overseas, I was amazed at how knowledgeable and involved everyone seemed to be in politics. I had no clue about politics — so when I returned, I changed my major to political science and have been hooked ever since.

How do you define success?

My definition of success is meeting (and exceeding) my fundraising goals. Also, having and establishing a strong, caring and trusting relationship with family, friends and colleagues.

What is your spirit animal?

The playful sea otter.

Describe yourself in 5 words

Sociable. Driven. Humorous (at least I think so). Compassionate. Open-minded.

Tell us something interesting about yourself

I love to laugh (mostly at myself). It is a great stress reliever!

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