Ann Leist

External Affairs and Disability Inclusion Associate, NYC Department of Community Affairs


Ann Leist is currently an external affairs and disability inclusion associate at the New York City Department of Community Affairs. She holds a MA in Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Rutgers University and for the past six years has worked on access to culture institutions including Guggenheim Museum, The New Museum, The Whitney Museum, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, the National September 11 memorial and Museum, the John G. Shedd Aquarium, as well as with the National Park Service. Ann has also worked with several museums of fine arts in other parts of the country. Prior to this, she worked for Apple on access issues for employees with low vision and internationally to develop best practices policies on accessibility, including training for sales force.