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Ann Timberlake | Women Vision SC

June 15, 2020 - Posted in Local

 Timberlake Communications, LLC

Fresh out of Newcomb College at Tulane, Ann Timberlake came back to South Carolina and instead of taking up civil rights or the war, she said she “wanted to save trees.”  She became one of South Carolina’s leading conservation advocates.  As a founding member of the Sierra Club in South Carolina, she helped lead campaigns to establish the Congaree National Park and the Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness.  She also advocated for the Chattooga River as to be designated as a “Wild and Scenic River.”  After working as a sales representative for the Pillsbury Company, Timberlake opened a full service, neighborhood grocery, The Purple Cow, in downtown Columbia. In 2003, she returned to conservation and political work as the founding executive director of the new Conservation Voters of South Carolina.  She now consults and lobbies as the principal for Timberlake Communications, LLC.  

About the Honoree

Ann Timberlake attended public schools in Columbia and graduated from Newcomb College of Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts in History.  

As a founding member of the Sierra Club in South Carolina and as chapter chair in 1976, she helped lead campaigns to establish the Congaree National Park, the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River and the Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness.  She worked as a sales representative for the Pillsbury Company, owned a neighborhood grocery store known as ‘The Purple Cow’ and served on the board of Thomas & Howard Company, a family wholesale grocery business. 

Ann was the founding Executive Director of the Conservation Voters of South Carolina, serving from 2003 through 2016. She now consults and lobbies as the principal of Timberlake Communications LLC. Ann and her husband, Ben Gregg, live in Columbia and have two grown children.

About Women Vision SC

Women Vision SC is a program that focuses on issues affecting women throughout the state and the nation and a new generation of young people pursuing public service for their communities and the state at large. The program is produced and hosted by former SCETV president Linda O’Bryon.

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