In May 2017, Anita stepped down from her role as Chief Operating Officer of a technology company to run for the 2018 U.S. House of Representatives for Arizona's 6th district. Having been at the forefront of advances in technology, she recognized the urgent need for real, proactive tech leadership in D.C.
Through her race grew a grassroots movement, people never before involved in politics turned out to create change. Though she was the third candidate to join the race and the presumed “underdog,” Anita won a competitive 3-way primary, and went on to swing the district 14 points in the general election.
Anita has now declared her candidacy to challenge David Schweikert again in 2020, and she is ready to build upon the movement her team ignited in the community she loves.
Anita is a proud resident of District 6. She’s lived much of her life here, attended Scottsdale public schools, and has decided to raise her own family in this community.
At home, her pack consists of her husband, James, her two sons, Wade and Avery, and her two handsome pups, Marky and Timmy. At work, she’s often been the only woman in the boardroom … so she’s accustomed to being outnumbered by men and has been advocating for women in the workplace throughout her over 20 years in tech.
The daughter of immigrants from India, Anita was born in Kansas City, Missouri. When she was 7, her family moved to Arizona. Her father, a mechanical and computer engineer, instilled in her the importance of leading with empathy and listening; her mother, a stay-at-home mom with a passion for the arts, taught her to appreciate the journey. She attended Scottsdale schools, graduating from Chaparral High School in 1994.
Anita went on to graduate summa cum laude with degrees in both computer information systems and finance from Arizona State University. She later earned her master’s in journalism from the University of Southern California in 2002.
Anita started her career in the early days of Arizona tech, working for MicroAge as a business analyst. She went on to work at The Arizona Republic, and was Deputy Director of ASU’s Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. More recently, Anita was COO of technology company ClearVoice. Over the years, she developed a unique blend of content and technology experience that put her at the forefront of digital media. Anita still works with the executive team at ClearVoice, which was recently acquired by Fiverr and is now a publicly-traded company.
Anita’s entrepreneurial projects have often struck a chord nationally. In 2004, she founded East West Magazine, a national publication celebrating the pan Asian-American life. She was featured on FOLIO’s “40 Under 40” list for her ability to eloquently promote and support a multicultural America. Anita was also a regular guest on NPR’s “Tell Me More.”
Anita’s Personal Story
Anita’s motivations in business changed when she lost her father to cancer in 2003.
No success in business matters, he reminded her, if you don’t have your health. Since then, Anita’s energy has been focused on creating healthy, compassionate and balanced workplaces and fighting for families.
As a working mom, Anita understands the high cost of childcare and understands the difference between a healthy stock market and an economy that works for regular families.
The month of the 2018 general election, Anita’s husband, James, had a health emergency — brain abscesses, leading him to undergo six separate neurosurgeries and resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Anita knows firsthand that life, work, health, and the economy all go together and to improve conditions, we need a representative in Congress who can advocate for our families.
Anita finds joy in dancing with her kids and believes our best system lives outside the noise of party politics. She promises to listen first, and then lead.