About Ann Vanino

AnnVaninoIn 1996, Ann Vanino founded Moving Forward Coaching & Consulting. Moving Forward’s coaching and consulting guide individuals to career success and fulfillment and organizations to maximum performance. Moving Forward also specializes in coaching and consulting for workforce development programs. Ann’s passion for this work centers on designing youth oriented and market driven workforce development programs and strategies, providing career coaching for young adults and creating collaborative workforce development stakeholder groups.

Business Experience

Ann’s business career includes management positions at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC and New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection. As Assistant Commissioner of New York City’s Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team, she oversaw responses to over 600 chemical emergencies a year. The Team was a national leader in emergency response in the 1980s, during her tenure. Since 1988, Ann has worked in the private sector, including founding Williams & Vanino, Inc. in 1991, where she helped Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies comply with government regulations and manage their environmental programs effectively. In 1997, Ann began coaching full-time. Her current practice involves both coaching individuals and working with organizations as a coach and consultant. From 2005-2007 Ann was involved in a major Foundation Initiative to develop career pathways for out of school youth. Her work centered on creating profiles of stakeholders and win-win scenarios for their collaboration, participating in the implementation of the Initiative and working closely with a Community Based Organization that provides innovative GED/workforce preparation programs for juvenile offenders. Since 2005, Ann has been a member of Kela Associates, a national collaboration of consultants and a community of practice for social change (www.kelaassociates.com).

Writing and Community Activities

Since 2000, Ann has written a local, weekly newspaper column, Coaching Corner which guides readers to a fulfilling life. Coaching Corner is also available by email subscription. She is the author of a book, Leadership on Trial: Lessons from The Apprentice, a booklet Achieving Balance in Your Life and two eBooks: Power Stories and Coaching Corner Volume 1. Ann writes The Leadership Blog and a bimonthly eZine, Power at Work.

Ann is a member of the Board of Directors of The Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce. She is currently coordinating a Chamber effort to develop a Community Leadership program and from 2003-2006, chaired the Chamber’s Business Education and Services Committee. She is a member of the Business Advisory Council of the South Valley Work Source Center whose mission is to enhance the economic vitality of the Antelope Valley by providing quality career resources and employment services to job seekers and businesses. Ann is a member of the Board of Directors of The Women’s Coalition for World Reform, a nonprofit organization working to preserve civilization, tradition and natural resources. The organization is currently drilling wells to bring safe and sufficient drinking water to the Massai Community in Kenya.

Ann is a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of The International Coach Federation and, in 2002, served on its Founding Board of Directors.


Ann received her training as a coach at The Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, CA. She received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree, magna cum laude, in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York at Albany.

Personal Development Training

Since 1990, Ann has studied with Lynn Andrews, best-selling author of eighteen books and preeminent teacher in the field of personal development. In 1998, she graduated from an intensive, four-year program of study at The Lynn Andrews Center for Sacred Arts and Training. Ann received a ministerial certification from the school in 1999. She is currently a member of the school’s continuing education program, Kindred Spirits.