Ann Willoughby

Founder & Chief Creative Officer

Ann is a nationally respected brand identity and experience designer with a deep knowledge of how to bridge strategy with design. Ann oversees the big picture vision at Willoughby to ensure solid strategic business planning and results-oriented design.

Ann is a former board member of the AIGA National Board of Directors, where she co-chaired the 2004 Business & Design Conference in New York and helped launch a pilot design leadership program at Harvard Business School. In 2006, she was named the first design leader from the Kansas City area to become an AIGA Fellow. In 2012, she was named the Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design by the Kansas City Art Institute. Ann is a board member of the Kansas City Architectural Foundation and former board member of The Kansas City Zoo, The Children’s Place, DeLaSalle Education Center, HOW Magazine and Harvesters—The Community Food Network. A fine arts graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi, Ann founded Willoughby Design in 1978.