Before calling Aspen her home, Ann grew up in southern Illinois and then Chicago where she spent several years at the University of Chicago Lab School and then New Trier High School. In 1971, after earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Wells College in Aurora, NY, Ann relocated to Aspen and spent three years waitressing, hiking, learning to ski, and just being outdoors. Her love of the environment and the outdoors inspired her to return to school to pursue an advanced degree in landscape architecture. In 1979, she graduated with a Master of Landscape Architecture from Utah State University.
Ann began her career in Boston and worked on both coasts before co-founding Civitas, one of Colorado’s most respected landscape architecture and planning firms in 1984. After 20 years at Civitas, Ann became Campus Landscape Architect at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
In 2006, she returned to Aspen and founded the landscape architecture firm, wjmdesign.
She served the citizens of Aspen as a member on Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission. Ann Mullins was elected to the Aspen City Council in 2013 and has served for the past 6 years.
Ann has two sons, Matt Johnson, who currently lives with his wife in London, and Will Johnson, her beloved son who sadly passed away in 2015.
As a longtime resident of Aspen, Ann understands the importance of managing growth. As a landscape architect, she understands the importance of addressing environmental issues. She works as a public servant because she knows she can make a difference, and as a business owner, she knows how to get things done.