Ann S. Chapman

Senior Employment, Policy & Higher Education Consultant

Ann S. Chapman

Senior Employment, Policy & Higher Education Consultant

Phone: 207.772.1941 Fax: 207.772.3627 Email:

84 Marginal Way, Suite 600 Portland, ME 04101-2480

Assistant: Tracie Crommett Email:


Ann Chapman is a non-lawyer consultant who advises K-12 schools, higher education institutions, employers, and Tribal Nations on a broad range of human resources and employment matters. Ann draws from 25+ years of experience in policy development, governance, technical writing, and market research to deliver practical, well-informed and creative advice to her clients.

Ann has deep expertise in drafting and assessing personnel policies/procedures, conducting workplace/climate assessments and facilitating workplace issues, conducting HR department assessments and compensation studies.

Ann’s other area of expertise is in conducting investigations including employee and student misconduct, harassment and discrimination complaints, and Title IX/sexual harassment complaints for employers, educational institutions, and Tribal Nations.

Ann regularly conducts management and employee trainings (including webinars and workshops) on HR, employment, investigations, Title IX and policy issues. Ann is also an editor for Maine School Law, 6th Edition (2018) and the lead editor for the Maine School Law for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, 8th Edition (2020).

Prior to Drummond Woodsum, Ann served as a policy and resources specialist for Maine School Management Association, providing policy consulting, writing and workshop assistance for school systems throughout Maine, as well as a marketing analyst and technical writer. She also served on the Cape Elizabeth School Board for six years, with two years as its Chair.

In her free time, Ann enjoys being with her family, as well as traveling, reading, and gardening. Ann is deeply committed to helping children and she has served as CASA guardian ad litem for children in DHHS custody for over 12 years.


Bates College, B.A., 1978

Harvard Negotiation Project

Investigating Sexual Assaults in Higher Education

Community/Public Service

CASA, Guardian ad litem

Past Presentations

From February 9, 2023 3:30 am

What you Need to Know About Navigating School Policies in 2023

From February 2, 2023 9:00 am

Schools, Technology & the Law

From March 18, 2021 12:00 pm

Records Management and Retention: What Schools Need to Know and Best Practices

From February 8, 2021 12:00 pm

Schools, Technology and the Law

From December 9, 2020 12:00 pm

2020 HR Year in Review and a Look Ahead at 2021

From December 8, 2020 12:00 pm

New Earned Paid Leave Law Takes Effect January 1

From October 30, 2020 8:30 am

47th Annual Maine School Management Association Conference

From September 9, 2020 12:00 pm

All Hands on Deck: Dealing with Employment Issues in a Pandemic

From August 26, 2020 9:00 am

The New Era of Title IX

From June 10, 2020 8:30 am

HR in the Time of COVID-19

From June 2, 2020 12:00 pm

Complimentary Webinar on U.S. DOE Title IX Regulations

From March 11, 2020 9:00 am

Assessing and Resolving Workplace Conflict and Allegations

From November 11, 2019 12:00 pm

Advanced Investigation Course

From September 11, 2019 12:00 pm

The Levee Breaks: New Laws Flood Employers

From June 10, 2019 9:00 am

Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Summit

From June 5, 2019 8:00 am

Hiring the Best Seamlessly and Without Incident: Attracting the Right Applicants, Interviewing, Onboarding, and I-9s

From March 20, 2019 8:00 am

Dealing with Reasonable Accommodation: What to do when an Employee Needs or Requests an Accommodation

From March 15, 2019 9:00 am

Affirmative Action Conference – Freeport

From March 13, 2019 12:00 pm

Affirmative Action Conference – Bangor

From December 5, 2018 8:00 am

Looking Back at 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019

From November 8, 2018 9:00 am

Schools, Technology and the Law

From September 20, 2018 12:00 pm

School Record Retention – The Law, The Rules, Policy and Best Practices

From September 18, 2018 12:00 pm

School Retention – The Law, The Rules, Policy and Best Practices

From September 12, 2018 12:00 pm

Workplace Investigations: Handling Employee Complaints

From June 6, 2018 8:00 am

Violence in the Workplace: Handling Threats, Identifying Risks, and Recommended Policies

From April 3, 2018 12:00 pm

2018 Seminar for School and District Secretaries, Special Education Secretaries, and Administrative Assistants

From March 14, 2018 12:00 pm

Employer Rights when Employees Speak Out: How to Handle Employee Speech and Association Issues Inside and Outside the Workplace

From February 8, 2018 9:00 am

Students Who Pose a Threat of Self-Harm: What Can Institutions Do?

From January 11, 2018 10:00 am

Academic Integrity More Than Just Plagiarism: Hot Topics and Emerging Issues

From October 5, 2017 12:00 pm

Marijuana in Maine: Issues for Maine Colleges and Universities

From September 6, 2017 12:00 pm

Three Laws Employers Frequently Violate Without Knowing It

From August 21, 2017 8:00 am

The Tribal Human Resources Professionals Certification (THRP) Summit

From June 24, 2017 9:00 am

The Art of the Question: Tools and Techniques for Interviewing Witnesses

From May 31, 2017 12:00 pm

Dealing with Disabilities in the Workplace