First Lady Anne Gust Brown grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
She graduated from Stanford University and the University of Michigan Law School. Anne then returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to work as a lawyer at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and then at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.
In 1991 Anne joined Gap Inc. as an in-house attorney and soon was promoted to General Counsel. After holding other senior level positions, she became Gap Inc.'s Chief Administrative Officer in March 2000. She left the company in 2005 to help run Governor Brown’s successful campaign for California Attorney General.
Anne served as special counsel to Governor Brown when he was California's attorney general, and in January 2011 she was appointed Special Counsel in the Office of the Governor. This position is unpaid.
Governor Brown and Anne were married in June 2005. It is the first marriage for both.