Annette was born on April 7, 1967 in Colombia, where her father Anthony, a World War II and Korea veteran, met her mother Elizabeth when he was asked to establish the first helicopter school in South America.
As a child, Annette organized toy drives for needy children, and volunteered at local orphanages. She got her start as an entrepreneur as a 13-year old girl, selling oranges to her neighbors from their family's grove.
Annette's family moved to Miami when she was 18. Annette graduated from the University of North Alabama in 1992 with a degree in commercial Spanish and a minor in business administration. She then settled in Miami-Dade County.
In 1995, Annette founded LanguageSpeak, a language services company that offers translations in over 240 languages. LanguageSpeak has been named one of the top 100 small businesses in Florida and one of the top 500 small businesses in the United States.
Annette has served as Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party. In 2008, she was the Democratic nominee for Congress in South Florida's 18th District, receiving more votes than any other Democrat who's run in that district.
Annette is a proud wife and mother, married to Dr. Eric Goldstein, a clinical psychologist and motivational speaker. In addition to their 8-year old daughter, Sofia, Dr. Goldstein has two children from a previous marriage. The family lives in Pinecrest.