GE Foundation President Chosen Woman of the Year for 2017

January 12, 2017

Ann R. Klee, vice president of General Electric's global Environment, Health & Safety Group, will be honored as Ann R. Klee, vice president of General Electric's global Environment, Health & Safety GroupWentworth's Woman of the Year (2017) during a March 18 Women@Wentworth event on the Institute's campus.

The celebration, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Watson Auditorium, will mark the 45th anniversary of the Board of Trustees vote (April 20, 1972) to admit women to the Institute.

Megan Costello, executive director of the City of Boston's Office of Women's Advancement, will speak at the event, organizers said.

Klee, president of the General Electric (GE) Foundation, will give the keynote remarks and be presented with the Woman of the Year award by Wentworth President Zorica Pantic. 

Klee, who also serves as vice president of GE's Boston Development and Operations unit, will be discussing her work and her many contributions to her industry and community.

To mark the vote to admit women to Wentworth, this year’s program will recognize 45 members of the Wentworth community; women who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their lives in and outside of the Institute. 

Before joining GE, Klee was a partner and co-chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Group of Crowell & Moring LLP, based in Washington, DC.  For more than 10 years, she worked in senior positions in the federal government, including as general counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; counselor and special assistant to the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and chief counsel to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. 

She has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Park Foundation, the Center for Climate and Energy Strategies, the Environmental Law Institute, Yale Center for Business and Environment, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School Board of Overseers.

Klee received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and her B.A. in Classics with high honors from Swarthmore College. She and her husband divide their time between Boston and their farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.


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