About Anna V. Eskamani

Anna V. Eskamani is a lifelong Orlando native and daughter of immigrants who has worked relentlessly to protect all members of her community through effective advocacy, bold leadership, and smart management.

Even before her college years, Anna was a community builder. At age 10, she collected petitions among her classmates to keep a best friend from being relocated to a different class. It would not be her last time organizing for a cause she believes in.

About Anna V. Eskamani

Anna V. Eskamani is a lifelong Orlando native and daughter of immigrants who has worked relentlessly to protect all members of her community through effective advocacy, bold leadership, and smart management.

Even before her college years, Anna was a community builder. At age 10, she collected petitions among her classmates to keep a best friend from being relocated to a different class. It would not be her last time organizing for a cause she believes in.

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.


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 early in life and at age 10 collected petitions from her classmates to keep a best friend from relocated during 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.

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.

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 early in life and at age 10 collected petitions from her classmates to keep a best friend from relocated during 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 social justice groups.

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.

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 social justice groups.

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.

Today, Anna continues her academics as a PhD student in Public Affairs at UCF, serves as an adjunct professor, and works full time as a Senior Director for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida* where she manages a team across 22 counties and is known in the legislature and across the nation as an advocate for women’s health and equality.

Anna serves on numerous community boards and has proven herself as a leader who works hard, delivers results, and gets things done.

* Organization names provided for biographical purposes only

Today, Anna continues her academics as a PhD student in Public Affairs at UCF, serves as an adjunct professor, and works full time as a Senior Director for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida* where she manages a team across 22 counties and is known in the legislature and across the nation as an advocate for women’s health and equality.

Anna serves on numerous community boards and has proven herself as a leader who works hard, delivers results, and gets things done.

* Organization names provided for biographical purposes only


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)

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. You can read more and see Anna’s past weekly commentary here (2015)

An Influential and Recognized Leader

Orlando Magazine‘s 50 Most Powerful People
Noted as one of the most powerful Central Floridians who are shaping Orlando, read more here (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)

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)

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. You can read more and see Anna’s past weekly commentary here (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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