Born “Anna Laveria May” at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, Anna May was working abroad in her teens and came home at 19 years old to be hired as a loan officer, earning top producer status within a few months. At 20, she got into commercial leasing and business sales as a restaurant co-owner/franchisor for the Bay Area’s Rickshaw Restaurants Inc./Rickshaw Express chain. Since then, her well-established, long-standing and diverse business background in numerous competitive endeavors has been further enhanced by her civic engagement as a former elected official and housing authority commissioner. She was the youngest woman to win a City Council election in her hometown with signature City Council decisions protecting private property rights and using her background as an actress/model to kick-start the film & media effort in her city. As a former Commissioner for the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda, she introduced the first landlord to the Commission in many years, insisting that we must have balance in all endeavors. She has served as Director/Vice President of her historic Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association after starting the National Night Out events in front of her house in 2005. She is also the Founder & President of the Mt. Eden High School Alumni Association & Educational Foundation, a non-profit she created to enhance the educational and creative pursuits of high performing but bored students. In an additional display of public education and responsible use of public funds support, she has served on her local school district’s Bond Oversight Committee.
Consistently recognized as a top agent, Anna was featured in the coveted East Bay Business Times “40 Under 40” shortly after being voted “Best Real Estate Agent” in the Daily Review reader’s choice poll. As one of the youngest long-time members of Rotary International and a former Rotary Club President, she was presented with a “Rotarian of the Year Award” and continues her charitable activities throughout her community. As the original organizing members and sponsors of their local “SantaCon” phenomenon since 2012, Anna and her husband Greg lead the effort to infuse life into their downtown neighborhood with a “venue-crawl” every December to raise money and awareness for their local animal shelter. They’ve raised money to sponsor the adoptions of well over 300 pets whose lives were saved from their fundraising efforts. In a further effort to maintain the vibrancy of her downtown neighborhood, Anna and her husband Greg purchased their real estate brokerage to keep the economic vitality solid and Anna is proud to have been part of the same small boutique downtown neighborhood mom & pop brokerage for the last 19+ years, the last nearly 10 years as the Broker/Owner.
Continuing with the theme of community service and FUN, Anna has served as president of a local Women’s Council of REALTORS chapter and maintains membership to this day. She has been serving on the National Association of REALTORS Professional Standards Committee for the last several years. She occasionally serves as an irreverent top producer panelist at real estate conferences and leads training sessions for fellow agents. Anna occasionally shows up in TV commercials, film roles and print ads and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. She performs stand-up comedy as an outlet for the often-inappropriate comments she’s inclined to make in her day job, encouraged by her husband Greg who often rolls his eyes at the things she says. She donates 100% of her comedy show performance earnings to charity and finds the most joy working with clients who have a compatible sense of humor.