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2015 SBA Ann Margolin

Hon. Ann Margolin, 2015 Susan B. Anthony Awardee

Ann Margolin The Honorable Ann Margolin has spent 35 years as a tireless volunteer in the Dallas community with a focus on issues of women and girls.

After growing up in Cranford, NJ, graduating from Northwestern University with a BS and MA in Communication and an MBA from Columbia University, Ann moved to Dallas in 1977. She was co-founder of Intercon General Agency and has worked as an investor in a variety of businesses. Ann quickly became involved with the Dallas community as a volunteer for the Women's Center of Dallas, then the Dallas Women's Foundation where she led their first capital campaign for $500,000. She later volunteered with Girls, Inc. where she served as board president.

In 1989 Ann was appointed by the Dallas County Judge to serve on the board of Parkland Hospital chairing its finance committee. She was the first woman elected Parkland's board chair. Ann championed the first Parkland Community Oriented Primary Care Clinics which provide prenatal care and operate in under-served Dallas areas.

She was a founder and the first board chair of the Chiapas Project which raises funds for microloans that have enabled thousands of women in Latin American countries to start small businesses.

With a deep commitment to reducing child abuse, Ann was an early supporter of TexProtects: The Texas Association for the Protection of Children which lobbies for legislation and programs that support healthy families.

Ann is active in the broader community having served on the Dallas Plan and Zoning Commission and the Dallas Park Board, as well as the Mayor's Task Force on Low Income Housing, the planning committee for the new Parkland Hospital and the Southwestern Medical Foundation board.

Ann was elected to the Dallas City Council in 2009 where she focused on the city budget and effective use of city resources. During her tenure she served as vice chair of the Finance and Economic Development committees and chair of the Arts, Culture and Libraries committee. She worked actively to bring attention to the inadequate funding of libraries and the arts and to obtain additional funding. She also worked with the mayor to develop more business support for the arts.

Ann has been married to Fred Margolin for 37 years. They have two children, Richard, a mechanical engineer and Jane, a management consultant. Ann and Fred are great lovers and supporters of the arts who can often be found at the symphony, TITAS (where Fred serves as board chair), theatre and art exhibits.