Leading United Way of Central Indiana
Since joining United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) as its President & CEO in 2013, Ann D. Murtlow has paved the way to the “New U” – a bold, community impact strategy focused on making positive, sustainable change in the areas of Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs. Under Ann’s leadership, UWCI has made significant progress in aligning programs, community partnerships, direct service agencies and public policy advocacy around data-driven community goals.
New strategic partnerships in Ann’s tenure include the first global agreement with Eli Lilly & Company and United Way Worldwide to drive measurable social change in United Way’s priority areas; Jump IN for Healthy Kids, a community-wide campaign to reduce childhood obesity; and an expanded agreement with the Central Indiana Labor Council, which includes 65 labor unions throughout the region. In addition, UWCI became the sustaining partner for the Centers for Working Families Network – a growing group of agencies dedicated to improving the financial stability of low-income families.
Ann’s passion for making lasting change in the community is recognized through UWCI’s public policy advocacy work. With an intense focus on quality early childhood education, UWCI has successfully led the process to secure funding for the On My Way Pre-K pilot program and has convened community leaders to create the Indianapolis Preschool Scholarship Program (IPSP), a five-year, $50 million investment in pre-K scholarships for low-income families in high need areas. In 2015, UWCI secured $2 million in state funding for 2-1-1, a call center serving more than 600,000 Hoosiers in need.
Prior to United Way of Central Indiana, Ann served as an AES Corporation executive and president & CEO at Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) where she became one of the few female chief executives in the electric utility industry.
Ann began her 30-year career at Bechtel Power Corporation, one of the world’s leading engineering and construction firms. She was recruited to AES Corporation headquarters in Arlington, Virginia in 1987 to lead the environmental permitting activities for new power stations in the U.S. and abroad. Her career progressed into project and development, including commercial negotiations and project finance. In 1997, Ann moved to AES' regional office in London, England where she was responsible for business development and operations in 22 countries.
Heavily involved in the community, Ann serves on the boards of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Indiana Chamber of Commerce and The Mind Trust. Ann also co-chaired the tissue collection committee for Indy’s Super Cure, a partnership between the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee and the Susan B. Komen Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center.
She is a director of First Internet Bank, Great Plains Energy and Wabash National Corporation. She also served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago from 2007 to 2012.
Recognition for her work and service includes: Electric Light & Power Magazine’s 2010 Large Utility CEO of the Year Award; Women in Hi Tech Leading Lights; 2012 Leadership Award; Barnes & Thornburg 2010 Woman of the Year in Hi Tech; Riverview Hospital Women of Impact Award 2008; IBJ’s Influential Women 2007; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2007 Diamond Hope Award; and Girl’s Inc. 2007 Touchstone Award.
Ann received her Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University in 1982. She is a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow.
Ann and her husband of 27 years, Jim, have a daughter, Ally, 26, and a son, Tyler, 22.