Ann Yoachim, nationally recognized in urbanism and community planning, is the Director of Community Partnerships and a Clinical Professor at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In this position, Yoachim works closely with University administration in developing the strategy and protocols for working with community, agency and business partners and will serve as the primary liaison for community and business initiatives at the University.  As part of this effort, this position facilitates, supervises, and manages connections to and among partnerships and community initiatives.

Previously, Yoachim served as a visiting professor of practice for the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University, as well as serving as principal at AY Projects, a consulting practice that supports projects at the intersection of people, health, and environment. Prior to that, she was program manager for the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy where she designed and managed urban and rural pilot projects aimed at long-term community resilience. She also served as assistant director at the Center for Environmental Communications at Loyola University of New Orleans. Additionally, Ann has served as program coordinator for Practical Action in Nairobi, Kenya, a unique position to support operations and water sector departments through public health research, grant writing, and program monitoring and evaluation.

Yoachim holds a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College and a master’s degree from Tulane University. She was named a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2012-2013.