Women Who Built Us: Representative Anna Eskamani

September 10, 2021

Representative Anna Eskamani

Anna Eskamani serves as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 47th district in Orange County. The first Iranian American in the Florida legislature, Eskamani has served as an elected official since 2018, but in advocacy and organizing work for well over a decade. Her work in the community also includes board service with UCF’s Nonprofit Management Program Advisory Board, UCF College of Arts & Humanities Dean’s Executive Council, and Valencia College’s Peace and Justice Institute Board.

What skills do you believe are key to your success/or what specific skills do you say are key to success in your industry or discipline? 
You have to be a multi-tasker in this work and know how to work as a team too. You are constantly juggling very complex and urgent issues and, in my case, do that while also managing a separate day job too. You also have to be a strong communicator in person and online, and have empathy for others. 

What has been the greatest surprise in your career journey? 
Even being elected to public office is not something I ever expected! I hope it inspires more women to run for office. 

In one sentence, what would be your advice to young women entering the professional world? 
Find your mentors, ask for guidance, but trust your gut.