Board of Directors


Ann Otto, Ph.D.

Position on Board

Co-chair, Directors/Nominating Committee
Committee Member, Marketing and Social Media and Achieving Dreams

Began Serving on Project GRAD Akron Board:


Favorite quote:

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"
Maya Angelou

Favorite thing about Project GRAD Akron:

Project GRAD provides support and resources to students and families needing assistance in successfully navigating their education. Statistics show positive improvement for GRAD students in the Akron Public Schools (APS) Buchtel cluster and the organization is now working in the East cluster. It is a perfect partner for the APS College and Career Academies initiative.

A little about Ann:

Ann Otto grew up in Akron and attended Ellet High School, The University of Akron, and has a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Kent State University (KSU). She retired from the Northeast Ohio Medical University as an Associate VP and Adjunct Asst. Professor in Behavioral Sciences. Previous employers were Akron General Medical Center, PPG Industries, and KSU.  She consulted in organization development, has been a facilitator for Leadership Akron, local non-profits, and education and healthcare organizations.

In addition to Project GRAD Akron, her current boards include the Akron Friends of Main Library, Cleveland Clinic Akron General Women’s Board, American Red Cross of Summit, Medina and Mahoning Valley, and Ohio Living Rockynol.

She and her family hold memberships in and assist other community, cultural, and historical organizations. She and David live in Tallmadge and have two adult children. She enjoys time with family and friends, walking, reading, writing, and travel.