Anne’s grassroots run deep, and her history with the NDP proves it. Before her current role as Premier’s Executive Director for southern Alberta, Anne spent many years building momentum for the federal NDP. She was Jack Layton’s Chief of Staff and became National Director of the NDP following his death.
Few people understand public service and political strategy the way Anne does. She was part of the core team that proudly brought the federal NDP to official opposition status in 2011, and served as campaign manager in the 2015 federal election. One of the NDP’s strongest organizers, she has been called “the calm in the storm” by many.
Anne’s political ties in Alberta are strong: she previously campaigned for Calgary—Bow in 1993 and Calgary—McCall in 1994, and was the Alberta NDP spokesperson on CBC Eyeopener from 1993 to 2000. Anne says that “Rachel’s victory in 2015 was one of the proudest moments in my life as a New Democrat,” showing that “a principled, progressive party can win and make the change we all believe in.”