Bringing over twenty years of experience in strategic communications, government relations, coalition building and fundraising to the table, Ann Beegle recently completed the successful celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem. As Executive Director of Star-Spangled 200, Inc., Beegle led a team of public and private stakeholders in the production of the multi-year commemoration’s signature events—Star-Spangled Sailabration
and Star-Spangled Spectacular
. The events attracted millions of visitors to the region, generated over hundreds of millions in economic impact, and broke all event records for Baltimore and the State of Maryland. Nearly 7,000 earned media stories were generated, representing an ad equivalency of $75 million and circulation of 3.5 billion.
Working alongside partners like AT&T, Dick Clark Productions, the NFL and the U.S. Navy, festivities culminated in September 2014 with visits from both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, a live, nationally broadcast television special, and a fireworks display that made the Guinness World Records.
Early Political Career
Beegle started her political career in 1994 as press secretary on the Maryland gubernatorial campaign of Parris Glendening, managing the day-to-day message and responding on the fly. She was instantly hooked. In 1996, she served as Finance Director for both Joe Manchin for Governor (WV) and Elliott Springs Close for U.S. Senate (SC). In 2000, as Communications Director for the Maryland Democratic Party, she joined Al Gore and Joe Lieberman on the campaign trail in Wisconsin, helping them squeak out a victory in that battleground state. From late 2001 through mid-2003, Beegle served as Executive Director of the Maryland Democratic Party where she played an influential role in the gain of two congressional seats—Dutch Ruppersberger (CD2) and Chris Van Hollen (CD8)—during the 2002 mid-term elections.
Chief of Staff
In mid-2003, Beegle was recruited by Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith “to shore up his political operations” (Baltimore Magazine
, December 2004) and served as Chief of Staff for a jurisdiction with over 700,000 residents, an annual budget of nearly $1.5 billion and a geographic area larger than four states. She managed his executive team, oversaw appointments to dozens of boards and commissions, and advised on a wide range of issues.
All Politics Is Local
By 2006, Beegle had positioned Smith as the most sought out endorsement in that year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary for his popularity across a broad range of constituencies. She took a leave of absence to manage the County Executive’s re-election campaign, Scott Shellenberger’s run for Baltimore County State’s Attorney and the party’s coordinated campaign effort in Baltimore County.
“[Beegle] was also responsible for coordinating efforts that year that many credit with helping Martin O’Malley cut into Robert Ehrlich’s 2002 margin of victory and defeat the Republican incumbent governor.”
- Towson Patch | August 2, 2011
In 2010, Beegle returned to the campaign trail as general strategist for Gregg Bernstein for Baltimore City State’s Attorney and his surprising upset victory over the 16-year incumbent. This and other successes that year put her on The Gazette’s
“The longtime Democratic operative who advised Jim Smith and helped drive up numbers in Baltimore County for Martin O’Malley in 2006 managed Gregg Bernstein’s winning state's attorney campaign. [Beegle] notched several other victories in Baltimore County Council candidates Tom Quirk, Vicki Almond and Cathy Bevins.”
- The Gazette | September 17, 2010
Beegle has served with a wide variety of non-profit organizations, from the community-based Neighborhood Design Center to the premier pediatric care provider, Children's National Health System, primarily in development and executive leadership. She has successfully raised tens of millions of dollars in annual funds, capital campaigns, corporate sponsorships, foundation grants and public funding. Whether serving on staff or as a member of the board, she has written numerous fundraising plans, as well as actively participated in several re-branding campaigns, strategic planning sessions, and leadership development efforts.
Beegle is an active or past member of the boards of Emerge Maryland, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and the Walters Art Museum.
Beegle graduated from the University of Maryland in 1992 with a degree in Government and Politics.