Anna Eastman is a Texan and has called the Houston Heights home since relocating here from Austin twenty-one years ago. She has been married to Brad Eastman for twenty-four years. Together they have raised three children, all proudly educated in HISD schools.
Anna has always been actively involved in her community. She 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. Anna also consults with a variety of organizations as an educational researcher and policy analyst.
Anna recently retired from serving two four year terms as the District I Trustee on the Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees. During her time on the board, Anna served in multiple leadership capacities most notably, Board President and Chair of the Audit Committee. Anna also served as a state and federal legislative liaison working closely with elected officials not only from Houston but across Texas. Anna served much of the same constituency she now represents in the legislature.
During her tenure on the HISD board, Anna and her colleagues evaluated and overhauled the Internal Audit department and board ethics policies. Additionally, while a Trustee, Anna lead the effort to pass a fully inclusive non-discrimination policy. With her leadership, HISD opened multiple new magnet schools, passed the 2012 Bond, and implemented the Power Up initiative - putting a laptop computer in the hands of every high school student in the district. In 2013, the year Anna served as Board President, the district was awarded the prestigious Broad Prize for a second time.
Anna is keenly aware that education does not happen in a vacuum. She understands the importance of access to healthcare, freedom from fear of senseless gun violence, transportation and a clean environment. Anna plans to advance these and the many other issues that affect the daily lives of Houstonians as your representative.
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 graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History and obtained a Master of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University.
Anna was elected in a Special Election in January 2020 as the State Representative for District 148.