Why She Matters
Ann Kuster was born in Concord, N.H., and now lives in Hopkinton. She earned a bachelor's in environmental policy from Dartmouth College in 1978 and a law degree from Georgetown University in 1984. Kuster has been an attorney, lobbyist and community activist. She has specialized in adoptions, as well as improving access to quality health care and affordable higher education. She wrote a book with her mother, state Sen. Susan McLane, entitled "The Last Dance: Facing Alzheimer's with Love and Laughter." Her mother, who suffered from the disease, died in 2005. In 2010, she ran for an open seat in the 2nd Congressional District, losing to Republican Charlie Bass, who had held the seat for six terms before being ousted by Hodes in 2006. In 2011, she opened a consulting firm focused on helping nonprofit organizations boost their fundraising capacity. Kuster is married and has two sons.