Anne B. Gass
Voting Down the Rose by Maine writer Anne B. Gass

Anne B. Gass

Anne B. Gass is Florence Brooks Whitehouse’s great-granddaughter. She is the author of Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage, published in 2014. Her article, “Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Vote to Ratify Women’s Suffrage in 1919,” appeared in the Maine History Journal in 2012. Gass lectures regularly on Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine suffrage history at conferences, historical societies, libraries, and for other groups. Along with other volunteers she is helping the Maine State Museum to develop an exhibit in honor of the 100-year anniversary of Maine’s ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. She is also the Maine coordinator for the national Votes for Women Trail, a project of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites.

In her professional life, Gass has continued her great-grandmother’s activist tradition. She is the founder and principal of ABG Consulting, a small business devoted to supporting nonprofits, local and state governments, and foundations in their efforts to help people in need build stable, productive lives. Her clients create affordable housing and provide programming that assists people who are low income, homeless, refugees, or have other special needs.

Working both in Maine and nationally, Gass has written over $150 million in successful federal grants since founding her business in 1993. Gass received her BA degree from Reed College in 1982 and a MA from the University of Maryland in 1987.