“When I think of Anne, I think of her courage and integrity. Anne will bring a common sense, thoughtful and truly progressive approach to City Council.”—Peggy Rabhi, Chair, Committee to Elect Anne Bannister
Welcome to my website. If you have any questions, please use the contact form on this page to get in touch with me directly. If you’d prefer to email or phone me, look for my contact information at the bottom of this page.
Who I Am
Beginning in Nov. 2017, I will be one of two elected Ward 1 Ann Arbor City Council members. To visit the website of the elected Ward 1 Council member—Sumi Kailasapathy—please click here.
I grew up in Ann Arbor and have owned my home in Ward 1 for 27 years. As you might imagine, when my neighbors asked me to run for City Council, I was honored and inspired. I was sure my skills, experience and progressive politics would be a good fit, but as a first-time candidate I knew that learning the “language” of running for office would be a challenge. However, I was raised to believe we need to be involved and concerned citizens.
I’ve served as a Ward 1 Precinct Delegate, and I’ve helped candidates run for local, state-wide and national office. I was now Democratic State Rep. Yousef Rabhi’s campaign treasurer while he was a County Commissioner. One of Yousef’s inspirations, his mom Peggy Rabhi, a long-time resident of Ward One and Democratic political activist, is my campaign chair.
In 2014, I served as Dave DeVarti’s treasurer in his successful campaign for Washtenaw Community College – Board of Trustees.
My political experience also includes eight years as a Board member of the Ann Arbor Democratic Party. From 2009 – 2016, I served as the group’s treasurer, co-chair, and immediate past co-chair.
My Inspiration, Education and Work Experience
My mom, Rosella Bannister, is my inspiration. She graduated from Purdue University and Wayne State. She was the Director of the National Institute for Consumer Education (NICE) at Eastern Michigan University for 27 years.
Like my mom, I am a financial educator. I’ve spent thirty years educating folks—including as a volunteer in the Ann Arbor public schools—in the field of personal finance, and financial literacy and capability. I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP®), a Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor, a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, and a State of Michigan Insurance Licensee. These are skills and experience I would bring with me to City Council.
After I earned a degree from the University of Michigan in 1986, my work in the financial services industry began with various positions in banking, and then over ten years as a consultant at TIAA-CREF.
During the past eleven years, I’ve been the Director of Personal Finance Education Services, Inc., an Ann Arbor-based 501(c)(3) organization. In 2009, I also became Director of the Jump$tart Clearinghouse for Personal Financial Literacy, an online database and virtual library of financial education resources for pre-K-12 through college-age students.
Serving Ward One
My neighbors have told me they want City Council members who make common sense spending decisions that are focused on residents’ priorities. Let’s work together to make sure we all have a voice in how to best develop and grow our Ward and our city. The challenge is to make an already wonderful city an even better place for us all.