Co-Founder, President Emeritus
In 2015, Ann and Gerry Hancock co-founded The Innovation Project, a consortium of superintendents working together to strengthen public education. TIP became a non-profit on July 1, 2017. Ann served as its first President/CEO until she resigned due to a medical condition in 2021.
Ann McColl worked in the field of education law and policy for thirty years after graduating from the UNC Law School in 1991. Her positions include legislative director for the State Board of Education, general counsel for the North Carolina Association of School Administrators and the North Carolina School Superintendents Association, general counsel for the North Carolina Association of Educators, and legal counsel and director of policy for the North Carolina School Boards Association. She also has served as associate professor of educational leadership at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte College of Education, visiting faculty at the School of Government, and adjunct faculty for the UNC School of Education and UNC School of Law. Ann has shared versions of Constitutional Tales with audiences across North Carolina since 2007. She continues historical research with a focus on sharing stories of courageous leaders who have shaped the right to education.