Ann Stokes graduated from Goddard in 1954. After graduation she stayed connected to Goddard College and served multiple terms on the Goddard College Board of Trustees. She served from 1969-1984, and then returned for another term from 1991-1994. During that time she was a member of the Board Development Committee, the Presidential Search Committee, and sat on the Executive Committee of the Board.
In the 1990s Ann Stokes worked with the Brattleboro Aids Project, which was dedicated to helping people with AIDS and educating and fundraising in the Brattleboro community. From 1969-1972 she was involved in the anti-nuclear effort and worked actively to educate the public about the hazards of nuclear power. She funded The Ann Stokes Lecture Series at Goddard which brought together lesbian and gay speakers and performers to the Goddard Campus.
Ann was drawn to Goddard because of its emphasis on the whole person; she believes that a Goddard education brings about growth of individuals to care for themselves and the world. She is a poet, and paints with pastels and watercolors. She is also a past member of The River Valley Performing Arts Center.
Ann Stokes and her family have been loyal and long-time supporters of Goddard College and other progressive organizations. Ann comes from a family of philanthropists and supporters of progressive causes. Her mother, Lydia Stokes, founded the Lydia B. Stokes Foundation in 1959. Her primary interests both individually and through the Foundation were women’s health, especially Planned Parenthood, education, the American Friends Service Committee, the World Council of Churches and the arts.