Anita is the older of two daughters, born and raised in the Santa Clara Valley. She moved to Los Altos in 1978 with her husband Michael. Their daughter Erica graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and now lives and works as an electrical engineer in Austin, Texas.
For the past four years, Anita has devoted herself to land-use and development issues in Los Altos. She was appointed by the City Council to the Downtown Buildings Committee, to listen to residents and advise Council on residents’ recommended changes to zoning and procedures to improve downtown development. In 2017 she was appointed to the Planning Commission, where she has been an outspoken voice for residents’ interests.
From 2011 to 2015, Anita was owner and CEO of Arabian Horse World, an international media company with clients in over 30 countries. For more than 20 years prior to that, she owned Ensemble Training and Consulting, a management consulting company where she focused on improving business processes and management, both in the private and public sectors.
Her first job, at age 12, was cutting apricots to make money for riding lessons. A product of local public schools, she graduated with honors from Santa Clara University in 1974 and completed her Masters in Public Service in 1978 at the University of San Francisco. From 1974 to 1985 she held several management positions in the federal government, ranging from technical publications to affirmative action.
During her daughter’s early school years, Anita served as board member, Vice President, and President of the German-American School (now Alto International) in Menlo Park. Her volunteer work there included gaining approval from the City of Menlo Park – with local neighborhood support – for an expansion of the school and installation of new classrooms.
Anita has long been involved in non-profit work on behalf of horses, serving on the board of Al Khamsa, Inc., founding the Institute for the Desert Arabian Horse (where she is currently Chair), and in rescuing, training, and re-homing horses in danger of inhumane shipment and slaughter. She is an avid horsewoman who still owns and rides her Arabian horses.
Anita is dedicated to bringing together her education and experience as a small business owner, consultant, and public-sector manager to help lead Los Altos into the future. Her focus will be on resident interests and data-based policy making, restoring fiscal responsibility, and retaining exceptional small-town character throughout Los Altos.