Trustees and Staff
Ann Costello, Foundation Director
Ann Costello is Director of the Golisano Foundation, the nation’s leading foundation dedicated to helping individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Ann has worked for more than 30 years in the non-profit sector, primarily in the areas of human service administration, strategic planning, fund distribution and organizational policy development.
Since joining the Foundation as Director in 1999, Ann has witnessed rapid growth and change in total Foundation assets and annual distribution of funds, and has redefined the Foundation’s role in the disability service arena as proactive partner and catalyst for transformation.
Under her leadership the Foundation has also supported and launched innovative partnerships and programs including the expansion of the Project Search employment initiative and Move to Include, an initiative with WXXI (PBS) that looks to build a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life.
With the support of two historic donations from Tom Golisano to Special Olympics - $12 million in 2012 and $25 million in 2015 - Ann is working as an integral advocate and participant in the strategy to advance Special Olympics Global Healthy Communities initiative to expand access to health-related services to people with intellectual disabilities.
Costello earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice, and also served as a Research Fellow at the School’s City and Regional Planning.