Anna holds a Master's of Philosophy with Distinction in Environmental Management from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of British Columbia (Canada). Anna's earlier research explored the integration of traditional ecological knowledge and classical science into management plans for coastal ecosystems and small-scale fisheries in South Africa's Western Cape.
Anna has also worked as a researcher and field officer for several environmental non-governmental organisations (ENGOs). Most recently, she was a researcher with C3 Climate Change and Sustainability Agency, a Biodiversity Restoration and Analog Forestry Officer for La Fundación Cuero y Salado (Honduras) and a Sustainable Livelihoods Facilitator for Canada's Falls Brook Centre. She is also a certified Environmental Impact Assessment Practitioner.
Anna has also been heavily involved in university and college life. In addition to research and teaching assistantships, Anna has volunteered for the Western Wilderness Committee and the City of Cape Town in climate awareness and fundraising campaigns.