Ann Herbst


Ann Herbst is the Interim CEO of Young People in Recovery, a national, peer-led organization that serves youth and young adults in recovery from substance use disorder. YP Raims to improve access to resources such as housing, education and employment that sustain long-term recovery. Her prior roles at YPR include vice-president of institutional advancement and director of development wheres he oversaw fundraising for the organization and assisted in growing the budget from $350,000 in 2014 to over $2.3 million in 2020. Herbst helped steer business and operational administration of 61 chapters as well as creating and bringing to scale a fee-for-service life skills curriculum program to diversify the organization’s income stream. She works closely and collaboratively with youth-led staff and board to improve business and program operations and is responsible for all revenue generation including grant writing and solicitation of major gifts, foundation gifts, corporate gifts and government grants.Prior to YPR, Herbst was a director of distinguished events for the American Cancer Society in New York City overseeing a $1 million portfolio of events, and the major gift officer for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, an educational nonprofit in Princeton, NJ. She is a five-time former co-captain of her Harvard College class of ’87 fundraising campaign, raising a record $9 million for their 20th reunion.A former children’s health editor at McCall’s magazine, she is the author under her maiden name of a non-fiction book, “Willie: Raising and Loving A Child with Attention Deficit Disorder” (Viking/Penguin) which was the subject of a “Spirit” section profile on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Her freelance articles on parenting, health, and psychology have appeared in Marie Claire, Self, Parents, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, and New York magazine, among others. She and her husband are the proud parents of two adult children including one who is in recovery from a substance use disorder.