Andrea received her Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Utah and also received her BA in English/Secondary Education with a minor in French from the University of Utah. Andrea has spent her career connected to education and non-profit work–particularly working to provide educational opportunities for low-income, disadvantaged populations. She spent four years at the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) in the Office of the Commissioner as the Utah Scholars Program Coordinator and the College Access Challenge Grant Manager, 2 ½ years at United Way of Salt Lake as a Community Collaborations Director over College and Career Readiness where she worked to implement wide-scale social change utilizing the principles of collective impact, and most recently Director of Development for Latinos in Action (LIA) a small non-profit geared towards empowering Latino youth to be college and career ready through Leadership, service, culture, and excellence in education.
Currently as the Development Director for RIC-AAU, she hopes to create a platform to showcase the incredible work of the agency as well as create awareness of the struggles and triumphs of Utah’s most vulnerable populations.
She volunteers as a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah college readiness mentoring program, as well as a leader for young Nepali women and girls in a local church group. She is a former member of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.
Andrea grew up in Huntington, Utah and was the first in her family to attend and graduate from college. She enjoys reading, staying active, and owns a cat named Atticus Finch. She most recently returned from a trip to Italy and is planning her next excursion to Canada. She’s a Comic Con enthusiast and met her High School hero, Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully – The X-Files) last year. One day, she would like to live in the Shire.