Anna Keenan is a passionate, effective community organizer with international experience. Born in Australia, she earned degrees in physics and economics in 2007. Anna then worked in Europe, where she met her Island-born husband Robert. They moved to PEI in 2015 to start a family and to be nearby the New Glasgow home of his parents, as his mother began a journey of living with early-onset Alzheimer's.
Immediately committing to the Island, Anna put her extensive experience to work, plunging into the vibrant local cultural, community, and advocacy sectors. Her international credentials and breadth of knowledge —and her well honed leadership skills— made her a natural choice as Campaign Director for the P.E.I. Coalition for Proportional Representation during the 2016 plebiscite.
Anna currently serves as Community Manager with the international climate change advocacy organization 350.org. While she first encountered climate change through her scientific studies, an internship with a U.S. congressperson helped her discover her political calling. She began working with community advocacy organizations, focusing on building networks, empowering citizens to shape public policy, and raising awareness of citizens' democratic rights.
Anna was naturally drawn to the Green Party as the political manifestation of her life-long commitment to values like inclusion, ambitious climate action, democracy, and strong local economies. Within a year of arriving on P.E.I. she was elected President of the provincial Green Party, supporting its professionalisation and development into a mainstream party during 2016 and 2017.
Anna believes Malpeque voters recognize the value of inserting more Green voices into the national conversation, to echo the successes the Green Party has had provincially. In a political landscape long dominated by those who defend "the way things have always been,” she embodies a fresh outlook and an abiding passion for positive change. A dance teacher, a mother (of an Islander!), and a brand new Canadian citizen, Anna Keenan hopes to breathe new life into the national political landscape.