Ann Burdges

Ann Burdges

Chief Executive Officer

Ann Burdges brings a robust diversity of professional experiences to her current position as Chief Executive Officer for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI). Burdges served 12 years with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Tampa, Florida, including 10 years as a detective investigating sexual assaults and other major crimes. Burdges also has an education in behavioral sciences and nursing, and for two decades she led metro-Atlanta’s largest and most comprehensive sexual assault and child advocacy center, offering 24/7 on-site medical-forensic care, legal counsel, and advocacy services for victims/survivors across the lifespan, as well as statewide law enforcement and SANE training programs. This innovative climate of care and dual-operation of services became a model of specialty care for Georgia, as well as the rest of the country. 

Burdges has long been recognized as a national trainer for groups like the International Association of Forensic Nurses’ Sexual Assault Technical Assistance project (IAFN-SAFEta), and she has served as a subject matter expert and independent contract consultant for organizations like the US Attorney General’s Task Force on Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault, the IAFN’s Pediatric Medical-Forensic Protocol Working Group, the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, the Office of the (Georgia) Governor’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, and the Department of Justice, US Attorney’s Office, in the Southern District (Manhattan, New York) and Eastern District (Brooklyn, New York). 

Through active work on legislative policy reform, Burdges has provided committee testimony at the state and federal level on sexual assault investigations training, medical forensic evidence analysis, resources for gender-based violence, and state victim services and assistance. She has also worked closely with local and national media, where Burdges has addressed high-profile cases, system injustices, and the importance of best practices. 

Burdges’ work has been recognized with several awards, including Improving the Criminal Justice System for Women Award (from the National Center for Women and Policing), Outstanding Child Advocacy and Leadership Award (from the United Way Metro-Atlanta), and Outstanding Community Service Award (from the American Businesswomen’s Association in Atlanta, Georgia). In 1999 Georgia’s Coalition of Sexual Assault Centers created the Ann Burdges Leadership Award, first bestowed on its namesake. Burdges was also recognized in 2013 with EVAWI’s Professional Impact Award. 

Burdges first joined EVAWI’s Board of Directors in 2015. She then served as President from December 2018 to April 2023. In 2023, Burdges stepped off the Board to become EVAWI’s Chief Executive Officer, bringing a versatile body of knowledge, diverse experience, steadfast leadership, and a passion for elevating future leaders.