Marketa Houskova Named ANA\C Executive Director

The ANA\California Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Marketa Houskova, MAIA, BA, RN, has been named ANA\C Executive Director.

As Executive Director, Marketa is responsible for operational and administrative functions of ANA\C. She was formerly ANA\C's Government Affairs Director, Senior Policy Analyst and Office Manager, working closely with Roxanne Gould, ANA\C's lobbyist, on legislative issues and RN Day at the Capitol and will continue to do so in her new role as Executive Director. Marketa replaces Robin Schaeffer, MSN, RN, CNE, who skillfully led ANA\C operations for the past two years.

“I am truly honored to be ANA\C’s Executive Director,” said Marketa. “I’m looking forward to working with our Board of Directors to broaden ANA\C’s membership, increase member engagement and strengthen the voice of nurses in political arenas to advocate for the patients and communities we serve.”

In addition to her duties at ANA\C, Marketa has volunteered for disaster relief and mission projects in the US and abroad. She is on the Board of Directors of Hands for Global Health, a non-profit organization administering global health missions/clinics.

Marketa graduated with high honors from nursing school in Czech Republic and worked as a nurse anesthetist in a regional trauma hospital. She has practiced nursing in Czech Republic and Canada, as well as the United States. She has a baccalaureate degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies from California State University, San Marcos and a dual Master’s degree in International Administration in Global Health Administration and Regional Development from the University of Miami.

Marketa has been actively involved in politics on all levels starting with the Velvet Revolution in then-Czechoslovakia ushering democracy into a post-communist country. After the revolution, she volunteered during the first democratic elections her home country held in over 40 years. Marketa received a research fellowship, followed by a paid internship, at the European Parliament at the Office of the Vice President in Brussels, Belgium and Strasbourg, France, where she worked on health policy issues, demographic research and grass-root activities. Since coming to the US in 2000, she has been actively involved in politics and health policy at the local, state and national levels.

Marketa can be reached at [email protected]