Get to know Anna Batista.
Anna is a proud PPS parent. With a stepdaughter in 5th grade at Colfax, a son beginning kindergarten there next year, and a three year-old daughter to follow shortly after, Anna is running for School Board because she wants Pittsburgh’s schools to succeed for her children and all PPS students.
The product of a diverse, low-income public school district in New Jersey, Anna earned an economics degree from Cornell University before returning to her hometown school district as a substitute teacher and autism support aide. The experience cemented her interest in education equity, and she later earned her Master’s in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon to better understand the impacts that policy-level decisions have for the people who rely on our public resources. She believes that systems should be just and should work for everyone, which is why she volunteered her communications skills for Fair Districts.
After more than ten years working in finance and public sector policy analysis, Anna is looking to apply those skills to ensuring that our kids get the highest-quality education possible. Now an active member of her kids’ preschool PTO, she is eager to dedicate her energies to improving educational experiences for children across the city.
Anna knows that with the right policies, we can see improvements in school quality and equitable outcomes. She believes that successes should be celebrated and touted to attract and retain families to the City of Pittsburgh. She is energized to combine her passions of smart solutions, social justice, and educational excellence for the benefit of our kids.