Ana Botella was born in Madrid. She has a degree in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid and is a member of the Senior Corps of Spanish Civil Administrators. As a public servant, she has worked at the Ministry of the Interior, the Spanish Government Delegation at La Rioja, the Ministry of Public Works, the Delegation of the Ministry of Finance at Valladolid, and the Ministry of Finance.
She has served on Madrid City Council since 2003. Ms Botella was previously Second Deputy Mayor and has been responsible for Social Services (2003-2007), the Environment (2007-2011) and the Environment and Mobility (June 2001-December 2011).
She was sworn in as Mayor on December 27, 2011 at a Plenary Session of Madrid City Council.
She is Chair of the Madrid Transportation Authority (EMT), co-Chair of the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities (UCCI), and also chairs POLIS, a network of European Cities and Regions fostering innovative transportation initiatives. She is a Member of the Board of the Prado Museum, the ‘Teatro Lírico’ Foundation and the National Heritage Trust.
She has been International Honorary President of the Messengers of Peace Association, and founder and Chief Executive of the ‘Realiza’ and ‘Integra’ Foundations.
For three years, she was a current affairs commentator in a News Magazine on TV Channel ‘Telecinco’. She contributed to the book "Érase una vez... los mejores cuentos infantiles comentados" (“Once Upon a Time... comments on the best children's stories”) and "Cuentos de Navidad" (“Christmas Stories”). In 2004 she published “Mis ocho años en la Moncloa” (“My eight years in Moncloa”).
She is a member of the Popular Party since its foundation; and member of the Directive Committee of the Popular Party of Madrid since December 2004. She has been Executive Secretary for Social Action (2004-2008) and Sectoral Activity (2008-2011). She is a Member of the National Executive Committee in the Popular Party since 2008.
Married with former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar (1996-2004) in 1977. Three children, six grandchildren