Ann Marie Donovan Griffith ’89 Supports College Financially and as Volunteer Leader
For Ann Marie Donovan Griffith, a managing director of fixed income for APG Asset Management in New York City, it was the professors who made the difference when she majored in history at Franklin & Marshall College.
“(History Professor) Glenn Miller was amazing,” she recalled. “Without so much as a note card, he was able to describe and recite American history in precise detail and in such an animated way. He taught me to think thematically, which I still apply to my work in the finance industry.
“And Anthony Ugolnik (the Dr. Elijah E. Kresge Professor of English Emeritus) and his ‘Vietnam Experience’ class had an enduring impact on me. Hearing firsthand accounts from veterans, and conducting and transcribing interviews for the final project, was a life-changing experience and completely shifted my worldview.”
After F&M—where she also played lacrosse, was part of the French Club and worked at the College Reporter—Griffith earned her MBA from Long Island University and her Sustainable Investment Professional Certification from Concordia University. Griffith is married, with three children.
She is an active volunteer: with the Franklin & Marshall Admission Network, as a member of the Leadership Council, and as the vice chair of the Franklin & Marshall Fund Global Steering committee. She has met with many students and graduates to offer advice and guidance as they launch or reset their careers.
Griffith also supports her alma mater through her philanthropy. She is a member of the John Marshall Society and has established a named scholarship for current-use financial aid, the Griffith Franklin & Marshall Fund Scholarship. She also is a supporter of the Putting It Together in the Community program.
But it all started with her powerful liberal arts education.
“A liberal arts education is foundational,” Griffith said. “It teaches you to think critically, communicate effectively and challenge yourself always. F&M set a high bar for success, and would not let students settle for less than their very best. Today… I apply those same standards.”