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Rep. Eastman, Anna

District 148

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P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0620

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Biography

Anna Eastman is a life-long advocate for equitable education for all students regardless of socioeconomic standing, race, gender, or disability. She recently retired from serving two four year terms as District I Trustee on the Houston Independent School District Board of Education. During her time on the board, Anna served in multiple leadership capacities, most notably, Board President and Chair of the Audit Committee. She also served as a state and federal legislative liaison working closely with elected officials not only from Houston but across Texas.

During her tenure on the HISD board, Anna and her colleagues evaluated and overhauled the Internal Audit department and board ethics policies. Anna also lead the effort to pass the fully inclusive non-discrimination policy in HISD. Additionally, she and others lead the charge to open multiple new magnet schools, pass the 2012 Bond, and implement programs like the Emerge Fellowship and Power-Up initiative. In 2013, the year Anna served as Board President, HISD was awarded the prestigious Broad Prize for a second time.

Anna currently serves on the Breakthrough Houston Board of Directors, The Woods Project Board, Holocaust Museum Houston’s Education Committee, and Houston Grand Opera’s education and community outreach committee, HGOco. She recently stepped down from the Teach for America Houston Region Board and the Undies for Everyone Board. Anna also consults with a variety of organizations doing educational research and policy analysis.

In 2002, Anna co-founded the 11 ½ Street Foundation, which recognized outstanding veteran teachers and awards college scholarships to at-risk children who have graduated from Heights and Northside High Schools. She received the 2012 GLBT Caucus Eleanor Tinsley Distinguished Community Ally Award, was the 2015 Ally Grand Marshall for Houston Pride, and the National Association for Social Workers 2016 State Elected Official of the Year.

Anna is a twenty-one year resident of the Houston Heights. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University. Anna and her husband, Brad, have three children who have graduated from schools in the Houston Independent School District. All of the Eastmans have a deep love of education, the outdoors, and the arts.

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