Councilor District 7


Anna America has long been committed to helping make Tulsa an even better place to raise her family, and has worked toward that goal in both her professional and personal life.

A University of Tulsa graduate, Anna has spent most of her professional career working in communications. She started as a newspaper reporter with the Tulsa Tribune, where among other beats she covered City Hall. Over the next two decades her work included stints writing for the Newspaper Association of America and doing communications for political campaigns and the City of Tulsa, where she worked in the Public Works Department, the Parks Department and in the Mayor's Office.

In 2007, she became executive director of Tulsa non-profit Up With Trees, where under her leadership, the organization dramatically increased its budget, staff and programming before she left in 2013. She most recently was the director of the Tulsa office of Communities in Schools, a national non-profit that works with at-risk kids to help them be successful in school.

In 2010, Anna was elected to represent East Tulsa on the Tulsa Public Schools Board of Education. She served on the board through the challenging Project Schoolhouse school closing initiative, becoming vice president before leaving in 2012 when she and her family moved out of her district.

A believer in the importance of community involvement, Anna has served many years as a youth soccer coach, a Girl Scout leader, and a PTA officer. She was president of the White City Neighborhood Association for a decade, was a member of the 11th Street Corridor Task Force, and worked on the PlaniTulsa Comprehensive Plan and the Tulsa Parks Comprehensive Plan. She has also been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels, and many other Tulsa community programs.

Anna is married to Michael Patton, executive director of Legacy Land Trust. They have two children, Eva, 12, and Braden, 16, both in Tulsa Public Schools. Much of their family time is spent at a sports field of one kind or another - both kids play competitive soccer, and Braden plays football and soccer for Booker T Washington High School and Eva plays soccer and volleyball for Carver Middle School. Anna and her family live with two dogs and a cat in the Sungate Neighborhood.

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