Florida State House District 47
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. Anna has been a lifelong community builder, and she will bring her passion for helping people to Tallahassee.
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.
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.
Today, Anna continues her academics as a PhD student in Public Affairs at UCF, serves as an adjunct professor when she has time, and for the last six years served as a Senior Director for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida where she managed 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.