Who is Representative Anna V. Eskamani?

Anna V. Eskamani is an Orlando native and daughter of Iranian immigrants who has worked relentlessly to protect all members of her community through effective advocacy, bold leadership, and smart management. She has been a lifelong community builder, and was elected to serve the great people of Florida State House District 47 on November 6, 2018 by an overwhelming majority. 

Anna is bringing her passion for helping people to Tallahassee. 

Anna Eskamani standing by railing near Lake Eola bandshell

Who is Representative Anna V. Eskamani?

Anna V. Eskamani is an Orlando native and daughter of Iranian immigrants who has worked relentlessly to protect all members of her community through effective advocacy, bold leadership, and smart management. She has been a lifelong community builder, and was elected to serve the great people of Florida State House District 47 on November 6, 2018 by an overwhelming majority. 

Anna is bringing her passion for helping people to Tallahassee. 

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Anna’s Family

The Eskamani family is no stranger to adversity. Anna’s father worked full time as a waiter in college and graduated with an electrical engineering degree from UCF in 1994.

He would work at Florida’s Space Coast for nearly 10 years but in an effort to make ends meet, also worked as a customer service representative at Walt Disney World on the weekends.

Anna Eskamani as a young child with sister Ida, mother Nasrin, and her father
Anna Eskamani's mom working at McDonalds


During this time, Anna’s mother worked minimum wage jobs at fast food restaurants and K-Mart.  Anna, her twin sister Ida, and older brother Arya, would spend late nights helping their mother at K-Mart clean the shelves and refold clothes.

After fighting a five year battle with cancer, Anna’s mother passed away in 2004. Anna was 13 years old. This loss in her family, coupled with the challenges her parents faced, inspires Anna every day to work hard for the most marginalized members of her community.

Anna’s Education

Anna and her siblings are graduates of Orange County Public Schools. They each attended Bonneville Elementary School, Corner Lake Middle School, and University High School.

Anna was a community builder even early in life. At age 10, she successfully collected petitions to keep her best friend from being relocated to another lunch time. While in high school, Anna was involved in the performing arts as a theatre tech, working backstage and building props, costumes, and set pieces.

It was an AP Government teacher during her senior year that brought Anna back into the field of civic engagement.

 

Anna Eskamani as a young child with sister Ida, mother Nasrin, and her father

Anna’s Family

The Eskamani family is no stranger to adversity. Anna’s father worked full time as a waiter in college and graduated with an electrical engineering degree from UCF in 1994.

He would work at Florida’s Space Coast for nearly 10 years but in an effort to make ends meet, also worked as a customer service representative at Walt Disney World on the weekends.

During this time, Anna’s mother worked minimum wage jobs at fast food restaurants and K-Mart.  Anna, her twin sister Ida, and older brother Arya, would spend late nights helping their mother at K-Mart clean the shelves and refold clothes.

After fighting a five year battle with cancer, Anna’s mother passed away in 2004. Anna was 13 years old. This loss in her family, coupled with the challenges her parents faced, inspires Anna every day to work hard for the most marginalized members of her community.

 

Ida and Anna Eskamani in high school graduation gowns holding diplomas

Anna’s Education

Anna and her siblings are graduates of Orange County Public Schools. They each attended Bonneville Elementary School, Corner Lake Middle School, and University High School. 

Anna was a community builder even early in life. At age 10, she successfully collected petitions to keep her best friend from being relocated to another lunch time. While in high school, Anna was involved in the performing arts as a theatre tech, working backstage and building props, costumes, and set pieces. It was an AP Government teacher during her senior year that brought Anna back into the field of civic engagement.

Anna would continue her education at the University of Central Florida. Here she became engaged with environmental issues, international human rights, and the College Democrats at UCF. Anna soon began serving as the organization’s Women’s Caucus Chair and eventually the State Women’s Caucus Chair. She was also member of the Iranian Student Organization, the Political Science Honor Society (Pi Sigma Alpha), along with many other advocacy organizations including the Florida League of Women Voters, where she served as one of their youngest members and board members.

Anna led the Keep PBS in Orlando campaign in 2011, a community-based campaign in support of WUCF-TV. Anna did not have cable growing up, and her family relied on PBS for objective and educational programming.

Anna earned two bachelor degrees at UCF in Political Science and Women’s Studies along with a certificate in Service Learning. She was a Top Honor Graduate, and received the Order of Pegasus– the highest honor any UCF student can receive.

She continued her pursuit of higher education at UCF and received dual Masters in December 2015 with graduate degrees in Nonprofit Management and Public Administration, along with a Certificate in Gender Studies. She is also a Certified Nonprofit Professional. 

Anna Eskamani and her sister Ida standing in front of a fountain at the UCF main campus

Anna would continue her education at the University of Central Florida. Here she became engaged with environmental issues, international human rights, and the College Democrats at UCF. Anna soon began serving as the organization’s Women’s Caucus Chair and eventually the State Women’s Caucus Chair. She was also member of the Iranian Student Organization, the Political Science Honor Society (Pi Sigma Alpha), along with many other advocacy organizations including the Florida League of Women Voters, where she served as one of their youngest members and board members.

Anna led the Keep PBS in Orlando campaign in 2011, a community-based campaign in support of WUCF-TV. Anna did not have cable growing up, and her family relied on PBS for objective and educational programming.

Anna earned two bachelor degrees at UCF in Political Science and Women’s Studies along with a certificate in Service Learning. She continued her pursuit of higher education at UCF and received dual Masters in December 2015 with graduate degrees in Nonprofit Management and Public Administration, along with a Certificate in Gender Studies. She is also a Certified Nonprofit Professional. 

Anna’s Professional Career

Today, Anna continues her academics as a PhD student in Public Affairs at UCF, serves as an adjunct professor when she has time, and works full time at NEO Philanthropy, serving as their State Strategic Advisor in Florida.

From 2012 – 2018 Anna served as a Senior Director for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida where she managed a team of six across 22 counties, supporting 40,000 Floridians in their efforts to gain access to reproductive health care services. Anna is known in the legislature and across the nation as an advocate for women’s health and equality.

She also continues to serve on numerous boards, including the UCF College of Arts & Humanities Dean’s Executive Council, the US Global Leader Coalition, and the Valencia College Peace and Justice Initiative.

Anna with megaphone and large crowd at a Planned Parenthood Rally

Anna’s Professional Career

Today, Anna continues her academics as a PhD student in Public Affairs at UCF, serves as an adjunct professor when she has time, and works full time at NEO Philanthropy, serving as their State Strategic Advisor in Florida.

From 2012 – 2018 Anna served as a Senior Director for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida where she managed a team of six across 22 counties, supporting 40,000 Floridians in their efforts to gain access to reproductive health care services. Anna is known in the legislature and across the nation as an advocate for women’s health and equality.

She also continues to serve on numerous boards, including the UCF College of Arts & Humanities Dean’s Executive Council, the US Global Leader Coalition, and the Valencia College Peace and Justice Initiative. You can learn even more about Anna’s professional work via her LinkedIn page.

Anna Eskamani having a discussion with constituent
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Awards & Recognitions

Florida Politics Ten Central Florida Politicians Making a Difference

Noted as a one of the most effective Central Florida politicians this year who has made a difference in her community (2019).

Orlando Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People

Noted as a one of the most powerful people in Central Florida  who is leaving a positive impact in her community (2019).

Watermark Magazine

Recognized as Orlando’s Most Remarkable Person and as an effective advocate for issues that impact social equality (2018)

Orlando Magazine‘s 50 Most Powerful People

Noted as a “Powerful Force” in Central Florida and one of fifteen to watch (2018).

Orlando Magazine‘s 50 Most Powerful People

Noted as one of the most powerful Central Floridians who are shaping Orlando (2017).

Orange County Democratic Executive Committee

Awarded the Cannon Porta Award, an honor given to a dedicated woman who epitomizes the principles and values of the Democratic Party and leads by example through organizing and leading on a grassroots level in Central Florida (2017).

University of Central Florida’s “30 Under 30”

Recognized by the UCF Alumni Foundation as an outstanding young alumni who continue to “Reach for the Stars” in their professional and personal lives (2016). 

Central Florida Women’s Resource Center

Recognized as  an “Outstanding Women” to be honored at the CFWRC’s annual Awards Summit (2016). 

Connect Florida

Accepted to Connect Florida Class VII, the state of Florida’s premier leadership training for young professionals (2016).

Leadership Orlando

Accepted and completed Class 91 of Leadership Orlando (2016).

Women’s Media Center

Accepted to the Women’s Media Center’s “Progressive Women’s Voices 2016” media and leadership training program (2016). 

UCF Alumni Achievement Award

Recognized by UCF’s College of Health and Public Affairs as a leading alumni in the field of Nonprofit Management (2016). 

Central Florida 100

Recognized by the Orlando Sentinel as one of Central Florida’s 100 most influential people in government, politics, and culture.  (2015)

News clipping of Anna saving PBS in Central Florida
Anna Eskamani speaking at Planned Parenthood healthcare rally

Awards & Recognitions

Anna Eskamani speaking at Planned Parenthood healthcare rally

Florida Politics Ten Central Florida Politicians Making a Difference

Noted as a one of the most effective Central Florida politicians this year who has made a difference in her community (2019).

Orlando Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People

Noted as a one of the most powerful people in Central Florida  who is leaving a positive impact in her community (2019).

Watermark Magazine

Recognized as Orlando’s Most Remarkable Person and as an effective advocate for issues that impact social equality (2018).

Orlando Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People

Noted as one of the most powerful Central Floridians who are shaping Orlando (2018). 

University of Central Florida’s “30 Under 30”

Recognized by the UCF Alumni Foundation as an outstanding young alumni who continue to “Reach for the Stars” in their professional and personal lives (2016). 

Anna Eskamani having a discussion with constituent

Orange County Democratic Executive Committee

Awarded the Cannon Porta Award, an honor given to a dedicated woman who epitomizes the principles and values of the Democratic Party and leads by example through organizing and leading on a grassroots level in Central Florida (2017)

News clipping of Anna saving PBS in Central Florida

Central Florida Women’s Resource Center

Recognized as  an “Outstanding Women” to be honored at the CFWRC’s annual Awards Summit (2016)

Connect Florida

Accepted to Connect Florida Class VII, the state of Florida’s premier leadership training for young professionals (2016)

Leadership Orlando

Accepted and completed Class 91 of Leadership Orlando (2016)

Women’s Media Center

Accepted to the Women’s Media Center’s “Progressive Women’s Voices 2016” media and leadership training program (2016)

Anna Eskamani sitting at a table for a forum or debate

UCF Alumni Achievement Award

Recognized by UCF’s College of Health and Public Affairs as a leading alumni in the field of Nonprofit Management (2016)

Central Florida 100

Recognized by the Orlando Sentinel as one of Central Florida’s 100 most influential people in government, politics, and culture (2015).

“I have never not known struggle, and grew up as witness to my parents’ hard work and commitment to family. I was 13 years old when I lost my mother to cancer, and knew I needed to honor her life through action.”

— Anna V. Eskamani

“I have never not known struggle, and grew up as witness to my parents’ hard work and commitment to family. I was 13 years old when I lost my mother to cancer, and knew I needed to honor her life through action.”

— Anna V. Eskamani

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