Owusu Anane is a grade school teacher and basketball coach at Woodland Hill Montessori School, in Rensselaer, and is an Assistant Varsity Football Coach at Albany High School.
Owusu moved to Albany for college and graduated from the University at Albany with a BA in History. As a student he was involved in politics, interning at the New York State Legislature and volunteering for numerous campaigns at the local, state, and national levels. He worked for Senator Kevin Parker, Senator Cecelia Tkaczyk and served as a Session Assistant for current United States Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY8), when Mr. Jeffries was a member of the NYS Assembly.
Motivated by his desire to serve the community and to empower everyday people through participating in the political process, Owusu was elected to the Albany Common Council to represent the 10th Ward (consisting of Albany’s Pine Hills Neighborhood) in 2017. Owusu is the first Ghanaian-American elected to office in the city of Albany and the first person of color to represent an Albany city council district that is not minority-majority.
As Councilman, Owusu has sponsored legislation to waive civil service exam fees for veterans and co-sponsored legislation banning “conversion therapy” in the City of Albany. More recently, Councilman Anane has been increasing his accessibility to his constituents by organizing a series of community meetings around the Pine Hills neighborhood known as “Council on the Corner” on Saturdays throughout the Summer. Councilman Anane has been instrumental in promoting efforts to save taxpayer money, helping small businesses, repairing neighborhood infrastructure and improving local parks.
He is also a member of the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association; the Elks Lodge Fraternity; and a Minister of Hospitality for St. Vincent de Paul Church.