Former President of the Liberal Party of Canada
Anna was elected President of the Liberal Party of Canada in February, 2014. She campaigned primarily on preparing the Liberal Party for the next election by empowering its grassroots, focusing on volunteers and developing a digital culture within the organization. In addition to being an active member of the Liberal Party for over 15 years, Anna has also worked as a special assistant to Minister John McCallum and as NATO policy advisor to Minister Bill Graham.
Ms. Gainey has long advocated for a grassroots approach to rebuilding the Liberal Party, supported by long term investments in fundraising and Party infrastructure. As president of the Westmount–Ville-Marie Riding Association in Montreal, both membership and fundraising grew under her leadership. As President, the membership of the Party has more than doubled and there has been an increase of more than 25% in total revenue in 2014.
Anna also has a solid track record of electoral success – from shaping campaign strategy to getting out the vote. She has been a key team member on many winning campaigns, including Marc Garneau’s elections in 2008 and 2011, and also served as a senior advisor to Justin Trudeau’s leadership campaign. Her years of experience working for the Party as both a staffer and a volunteer have given her an in-depth understanding of the Party’s strengths and potential, and her experience working on successful campaigns has provided valuable insights on what it takes to win.
Outside of her work with the Party, Ms. Gainey is the Executive Director of the Gainey Foundation, which provides funding for environmental and arts education programs for youth. She and her family created the foundation in 2007 following the tragic death of her sister Laura. Under her leadership, the foundation raised nearly $2 million in two years through cross-Canada events and grassroots fundraising campaigns.
Anna holds a BA in Political Science and Middle East Studies from McGill University, and a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
She and her husband Tom Pitfield live in Montreal with their three young children, Jackson, Ryan and Audrey.