Anna V. Eskamani

District: 42 -- Democrat


Legislative Aide:
None
District Aide:
Madison Clearman
Part of Orange

Biographical Information

City of Residence:  Orlando
Occupation:  Nonprofit Professional
Education:  University High School, Theatre Troupe 4848, 2004-2008; University of Central Florida, BA, Political Science, International Studies, BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, Women's Studies, Certificate in Service Learning, 2008-2012; University of Central Florida, MA, Public Administration, MA, Nonprofit Management, Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies, Certified Nonprofit Professional, 2012-2015; University of Central Florida, PhD, Public Affairs, 2016-present
Born:  May 20, 1990, Orlando, FL
Recreational Interest:  feminist research, going to the beach, poetry, running

Legislative Service

Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2018, reelected subsequently

Affiliations

Keep Orlando Beautiful, Board Member, 2024
Central Florida Community Arts, Board Member, 2023
Fair Fight National Fellowship Program, Senior Fellow, 2023
Florida Legislative Energy and Climate Caucus, 2023
Orange County Legislative Delegation, Chair, 2023-2024
Smart Growth America, State Legislator Champions Institute, First Cohort Member, 2023
Aspen Institute of Germany’s Transatlantic Cohort, selected to participate in the Aspen Institute of Germany’s Transatlantic Democracy Laboratory with a focus on climate and energy policy, 2022
HOPE Partnership, Capital Campaign Steering Committee Member, 2020-2022
University of Central Florida (UCF) Women's and Gender Studies Advisory Council, Advisory Board Member, 2012-2022
UCF College of Arts & Humanities Dean’s Executive Council, Member, September 2019-present
US Global Leader Coalition, Florida Advisory Committee Member, July 2019-present
UCF Nonprofit Management Advisor Board, Member, 2017-present
Valencia College Peace and Justice Initiative, Advisory Board Member, 2014-present
Orlando Gay Chorus, Board Member, 2021
Winter Park Playhouse, Board Member, 2021
National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL), Florida’s State Lead, 2020

Highlights

First Iranian-American elected to any public office in Florida
Guardian Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Women Breaking Barriers and Blazing Trails Honoree, 2024
Watermark Magazine, Wave Awards for Favorite Local Politician, 2022, 2023, 2024
Watermark Magazine, Wave Awards for Greatest Ally to the Local Community, 2022, 2024
Florida Education Association, Champion of Public Education Award, 2023
Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County, Outstanding Public Official, 2022, 2023
Legal Services Clinic of the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida, Excellence Award, 2023
Orlando Weekly, Best of Orlando Awards, Elected Official of the Year, 2023
Powerful IDEA Awards, Awardee for State Legislative Candidate, 2023
UCF School of Public Administration, Public Service Leadership Award, 2023
WUCF-TV Champion, 2023
Americans for the Arts, Public Leadership in the Arts Award, 2022
Florida Association for Theatre Education, Outstanding Theatre Arts Legislator, 2022
Florida PTA, Legislator of the Year, 2022
National Diaper Bank Network Champions Award, 2022
Pace Center For Girls, Orange Legislator of The Year, 2022
Orlando Magazine, Orlando’s 50 Most Powerful People, 2021, 2022
Orlando Weekly, Readers’ Choice, Best Local Politician, 2020, 2021, 2022
Share the Care of Central Florida, Outstanding Advocate of the Year, 2022
The Pride Chamber, Community Champion, 2022
Watermark Magazine, Wave Awards for Favorite Local Activist, 2022
Delta Kappa Gamma, Legislative Friend of Education Award, 2021
Florida Education Association, Friend of Public Education Award, 2021
Orlando Magazine, Best Community Leader, 2021
Orlando Magazine, Women of the Year, 2021
UCF Public Administration Research Conference, presented "In Her Own Words: The Impact of Poverty on Health Care Access and Outcomes," 2021
Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Legislator of the Year, 2020
Equality Florida, Voice For Equality Award, 2020
Florida Chapter National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Central Unit, Elected Official of the Year, 2020
Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, Legislative Leadership Award, 2020
National Guard Association of Florida, Mr. Charles Maddox Patriotism Award, 2020
Orlando Sentinel, Central Floridian of the Year, Finalist, 2020
Run For Something, Virtual Vanguard Award, 2020
The LGBT+ Center Orlando, Champion of Equality Award, 2020
UCF, 2020 Distinguished Alumnus, 2020
Iranian American Bar Association Northern Californian Chapter, Distinguished Elected Official Award, 2019
Orlando Magazine, 50 Most Powerful People, noted as one of the most power people in Central Florida, 2019
UCF Public Administration Research Conference, presented "Evidence-Based Policymaking: Using Big Data to Evaluate Public Sector Innovation and Improve Organizational Performance," 2019
Orlando Magazine, 50 Most Powerful People, noted as a "Powerful Force" in Central Florida and one of fifteen to watch, 2018
Watermark Magazine, Orlando’s Most Remarkable Person, December 2018
Orange County Democratic Executive Committee (DEC), Cannon Porta Award, 2017
Orlando Magazine, 50 Most Powerful People, noted as one of the most powerful Central Floridians who are shaping Orlando, 2017
Central Florida Women's Resource Center, Outstanding Women Award, 2016
Leadership Florida, Connect Florida Class VII Graduate, 2016
Leadership Orlando, Class 91 Leadership Orlando Graduate, 2016
UCF College of Health and Public Affairs, Alumni Achievement Award, 2016
UCF, 30 Under 30 Award, 2016
Women's Media Center, Progressive Women's Voices, 2016
Orlando Sentinel, Central Florida 100, 2015
UCF Women's and Gender Studies Program, proclamation May 20th "Anna V. Eskamani Service Learning Day," 2015
Emerge USA, Community Service Award, 2014
Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, Women of Distinction nomination, 2014
SMART Research Grant Recipient, conducted research on student voter apathy, 2012
Society of Professional Journalists, Region 3 Mark of Excellence Award, 3rd place General Column Writing, 2012
UCF, Order of Pegasus, 2012
UCF, Top Honor Graduate, 2012
Academic Research
Florida Political Science Association, presented "Intimate Partner Violence Behind Closed Doors, The Connection Between Violence and Collective Efficacy," March 2017
Public Administration Research Conference, presented "A Summer Storm, How Florida Planned Parenthood Navigated Crisis Communication with New Media," April 2016
International Women's Issues Conference, presented "Global Conception Program & Their Potential Impact on US Teen Birth Rate," February 2014
Information & Policy Analysis Center Conference, presented "Moving Women Forward: The Lack of Female Representation in US Politics," February 2013

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