After graduate school, Anna worked for the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce as their Public Relations and Communications Director. She was in charge of Membership events and the Chamber publication - Chamber Action. The newsletter under her direction won 2nd place in a statewide competition. She was also active as a Board member of the Monterey Bay International Trade Association.

When she lived in Santa Cruz, California, she dreamed of working overseas, specifically in Beijing, China.

In the summer of 1988, Sheraton Hotels International gave her an opportunity to work in Beijing, China as the Public Relations and Advertising Manager of the Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing - thus making her dream a reality.