Anita Vandenbeld spent more than 10 years working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group promoting women’s participation in politics at the headquarters in New York. She also worked in Bangladesh as a Senior Parliamentary Advisor for the UNDP.
Born in Alberta and educated at the University of Calgary and York University, Vandenbeld has worked in more than 20 countries. Her work in democracy-building includes the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission in Kosovo and the National Democratic Institute in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For her work in Kosovo she was awarded the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal.
She is passionate about democracy and human rights and is also a strong proponent of consensus-building and evidence-based policy making.
Since her election as the MP for Ottawa West–Nepean Vandenbeld has been named to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs. She is dedicated to listening to her constituents and for more than two years has been spending every Wednesday afternoon at a Tim Hortons in her riding to hear their concerns.
Vandenbeld lives in Ottawa with her partner Don Dransfield, who was the Liberal candidate for Nepean–Carleton in 2011, and a stepdaughter.