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Ann Knabe

Communications Consultant

Ann believes trust, relationships and people are an organization’s most important business assets. Ann offers more than 25 years of experience in communications and government relations. She describes herself in broad terms as a relationship-builder, referring to her extensive work in media relations, internal communications, community relations and international public affairs. As a colonel in the Air Force Reserve, Ann has led outreach and engagement teams at the Pentagon and managed complex issues around the world. She is also familiar with the inner workings of higher education institutions. Ann taught PR, journalism and communications in the University of Wisconsin system for more than 20 years and earned a PhD from Marquette University.


A lifelong learner, Ann is Accredited in Public Relations and Certified in Crisis Communication. In her free time, she mentors young professionals and volunteers for various professional communications and military service organizations. Ann enjoys high-intensity workouts, like running intervals on the steps on Milwaukee’s lakefront. For relaxation, she spends time with her family and practices hot yoga.

When like-minded organizations connect, they become force-multipliers.

Kane director Ann Knabe in military uniform at charity event


Rotunda of the Wisconsin state capitol building in Madison with backdrop of blue sky and clouds

Thought Leadership

Connecting on the Hill

Top-down view of four people using various digital media devices along with various paper reports and newspapers

Thought Leadership

Connecting with your target audience