A born-and-raised Californian, Ann Kreis headed to the East Coast for college (B.A. Harvard College, 1976; M.B.A. Harvard Business School, 1979).
She began her marketing career in Spain as a product manager for Oil of Olay, and upon her return to the U.S. in 1982, worked in packaged-goods marketing for Richardson-Vicks, now part of Proctor & Gamble. For most of the '80s, Kreis was vice president of marketing at Citibank New York, mostly in product development for the retail bank. In 1990 she moved to Boston and worked as vice president of marketing, new products, for Scudder, Stevens & Clark mutual funds.
From 1996 to 2007, Kreis lived in Mexico City and taught marketing, advertising, consumer behavior, and market research methods at Endicott College Mexico. She also worked as a college counselor for the Greengates International School.
Since fall of 2007, Kreis has lived in Madrid, Spain, working as the university counselor at the International School and teaching in the Endicott College Madrid MBA program. She is the chair of the Berklee Valencia advisory board. She has three daughters, two of whom are students at Berklee.