With over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, Andrea has served a wide variety of institutions. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, she began her nonprofit career in New York City where she acquired her Masters in Nonprofit Management at the New School. She has particular experience with start-ups and new organizations, which she is especially drawn to as they offer very unique environments for deep creativity.
She has spent a career honing her skills in program creation, relationship building and fiscal management in a variety of settings – always with a strong talent for creating organizational systems. Roles served have been: Executive Director, General Manager, Operations Director and Organizational Development Manger. Industries served have been: environmental advocacy, home care workers, cooperative grocery, and demolition!
Most recently, she pursued an interest in learning Spanish – and along with a proficiency in the language, she acquired a husband along the way. Her interest in ALAS comes from this new intimacy with the immigrant experience in Georgia (husband is from Costa Rica), her time negotiating support for Spanish speaking workers at the demolition company, and her sister’s 20 years teaching ESL students in the Gwinnett public school system – and the barriers therein to connecting Spanish speaking families to the support they needed.