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Ann Ngo ‘09 Named as March of Dimes Northeast Division Director

September 10, 2014

Alumna Ann V. Ngo ‘09 recently became Executive Director of the March of Dimes Northeast Division in Florida. Ngo’s successful career in the nonprofit sector demonstrates the elasticity of a J.D. “It is extraordinarily rewarding to know that I am working to advance the mission of the March of Dimes for stronger, healthier babies on a daily basis. I have always had a strong desire to make an impact in the community. I find it exciting to make a difference in peoples’ lives,” Ngo said of her new role.

Ngo already possessed a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Public Relations when she entered law school, “I went to law school with no intention to practice law but to obtain the ability to think strategically and advance my career potential and education.”

“After graduating in 2009, I began working for the American Lung Association, as I always had the strong desire to pursue a job in the nonprofit sector,” Ngo said of her easy transition into the workforce as Development Manager for the American Lung Association. “Soon after, I landed a role at the American Heart Association. Earlier this year, my fiancée landed a residency position at UF Health in Jacksonville. I searched for a new position to move to Jacksonville with him and am now the Executive Director of the March of Dimes Northeast Division in Florida.”

Ngo’s investment in a legal education has served her well, “I knew that obtaining a law degree and going through the experience would only further my career. The education I received has helped me elevate my career quickly because my strategic thinking skills allow me to connect with our board members, top donors, and high-level volunteers.”

Grateful for the skills she acquired Ngo also admits, “My fondest memories of TJSL were getting to know the staff and professors. Everyone was very caring and helpful…I made long lasting friendships.”

To current students or those awaiting bar results Ngo’s advice would be, “You do not necessarily have to become a practicing attorney to become successful and happy. There are great alternative career paths that will still allow you to utilize your law degree.”