Andrea is an experienced fundraiser, community organizer, and popular educator who joined MUA’s staff in 2004. A passionate ally and advocate for MUA’s work to support personal transformation and build community power amongst Latina immigrant women in the Bay Area, Andrea has brought her skills in direct donor fundraising, administration and finance, long-term organizational planning and visioning, political strategy, and training of women and youth as effective community organizers and political actors to MUA.
In her role as Co-Director, Andrea has led the organization in implementing two 5 year strategic plans during which MUA become an independent 501c3 organization, formed a community-led board of directors, launched new statewide and national organizing campaigns for household workers rights, and created new member-led direct service programs. Andrea has also worked to obtain local and federal government funding contracts for MUA’s domestic violence services, designed new partnerships to bring MUA’s model of peer-based domestic violence services into Bay Area shelters, and initiated a partnership with San Francisco Women Against Rape to launch the first immigrant run Spanish language sexual assault crisis line in Northern California. Andrea has built the organization’s individual donor and grassroots fundraising program, more than quadrupled the organization’s budget and staff, moved MUA from being a fiscally sponsored project to fiscally sponsoring other programs, and created a substantial emergency financial reserve.
Prior to coming to MUA, Andrea worked as the President and Executive Director of the Greater Boston chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) from 1999-2002 and the Women in Politics Training Program Director for the Commonwealth Coalition of Massachusetts from 1998-2001. Andrea also has experience working as a Field Organizer on a variety of local, state, and national electoral campaigns. Outside of work, Andrea served on NOW’s National Board of Directors from 1998-2002 where she focused on building the representation of under-represented constituency groups within NOW’s membership. Andrea is bilingual in Spanish and English and has lived, studied, and worked in Guatemala and travelled throughout Central America and Mexico.
Andrea is the new proud mom of her daughter Aria and lives in Oakland. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, yoga, walking her dog, and camping.