Ann Hartman

Photo of Ann Hartman, Dean
Dean, Education Program
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M.A., International Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; B.A., Psychology, St. Olaf College, Minnesota, Teaching Certifications Grade 7-12, English as a Second Language and Social Studies
Area of Expertise: 

International education and training, building Asia Pacific regional knowledge and networks among students, young leaders and journalists, women’s entrepreneurship and leadership development, Pakistan-US relations and media environment in Pakistan

Dean Hartman provides overall leadership for the Center’s graduate student programs, which provide scholarship funding and a dynamic living learning community for American and international students pursuing graduate degrees at the University of Hawaiʻi. At the EWC, students live, work and learn together, building expertise, developing leadership skills, and engaging in dialogue on critical issues with colleagues across cultures and disciplines to prepare them to address the complex challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region. She leads the Education Program team to ensure a safe and enriching intellectual, social and cultural experience for students, a cooperative relationship with the University of Hawaiʻi, and international partnerships with institutions across Asia and the Pacific.

Prior to becoming Dean in 2017, she spent 15 years in the Seminars Program at the East-West Center, coordinating short-term professional development and exchange experiences for journalists, young political leaders and women entrepreneurs. She led the East-West Center’s two flagship short-term dialogue and exchange programs: the Jefferson Fellowships for journalists and the New Generation Seminar for young leaders. Through this work, she built partnerships in and led multiple visits to Japan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Myanmar, Vietnam, Philippines, Pakistan, Singapore, and India in Asia and cities across the United States on topics such as climate change, innovation offshoring, health issues, Asia Pacific security, the future of jobs, and heritage preservation.

From 2011-2014, she designed, led and procured $USD1.1 million in grant funding for a Pakistan-U.S. Journalists Exchange, which sought to bridge gaps in understanding between the two countries through study tours and dialogue. From 2008-2017, she was the co-coordinator for the Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar, a training program for female innovator entrepreneurs and co-authored the book chapter, “Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar: A Model for Increasing Asia Pacific Women’s Entrepreneurial Participation,” in the 2014 academic text Women and Leadership Around the World.

Dean Hartman came to the East-West Center in 2002 from a career in teaching, training, and program administration. She was Associate Peace Corps Director for Programming and Training in Uzbekistan (1997–2001) and was a Peace Corps volunteer teacher and teacher trainer in Multan, Pakistan (1990-1991) and Stara Zagora, Bulgaria (1991-1993). Ms. Hartman received her master’s degree from the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her BA and teaching certifications (7-12) in social studies and English as a Second Language from St. Olaf College in Minnesota.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, Friends of Pakistan USA, and James Campbell High School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO).