A lawyer by training, Ann Yom Steel brings to AmCham her diverse experience having worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors spanning Washington DC, Sydney, Singapore, and the Philippines. As the chief executive for AmCham, Ann provides leadership and strategic alignment across all of the Chamber’s operations to effectively advance American business interests and values in Singapore and the region.
Prior to her appointment at AmCham, Ann was the head of strategic planning at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)—a global development organization headquartered in the Philippines operating in 17 countries across Asia and Africa. There she drove the development of IRRI’s 10-year global strategy. During her previous stay in Singapore, she was with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore as a member of the School’s Management Committee where she served as the chief of staff to the Dean and director of external affairs in charge of marketing, communications, fundraising, and strategic partnerships.
Ann’s additional experience in the Asia-Pacific region includes specializing in issue management and crisis communication at Ogilvy Public Relations in Sydney.
After graduating from law school, Ann was in government and public policy in Washington DC for over 13 years. From 2010-2012, she served as a senior official on intergovernmental affairs at the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security during the Obama Administration. Before joining ICE, Ann worked as a chief lobbyist and spokesperson for a number of national associations and as legislative and political adviser to a US Senator.
Ann received a BA from the University of Iowa, a JD from Washburn University School of Law and served as a Senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.