MacKenzie is a 5th generation Iowan, born and raised in Altoona, where she graduated from Southeast Polk High School in 2012. She attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa where she received the Culver Fellowship to study Political Science and International Relations with a minor in French and Religion.
Anna came from a pro-union, working-class family. Her Dad retired from Bridgestone-Firestone after 30 years and is a proud member of United Steelworkers 310. Her Mom is a small-business owner and long-term care specialist. Together, her parents taught her and her brother the importance of hard work, fiscal responsibility, caring for others, and standing up for our convictions.
After college, she traveled to foreign countries to learn and help others. MacKenzie taught English in rural Malaysia, advocated for clean water initiatives, and against female genital mutilation in Djibouti and Kenya, and currently works with the U.S. State Department to combat human trafficking worldwide.
In 2020, MacKenzie returned home to Iowa in order to help working families receive the support they need. When elected, MacKenzie hopes to take her life experiences to help her community and the state of Iowa.