Andrea McWilliams is a Texas native and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Brown University. Her passion for social justice issues started while at the University. At the time, she was deeply engaged in immigrant advocacy and empowering underserved communities.
Andrea McWilliams is the founder of McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants, which deals with lobbying. In 2009, Austin Business Journal named her among the top lobbyists in Texas. Andrea works alongside her husband in discharging her duties. Her husband Dean McWilliams is also the co-founder of the lobbying firm. The work includes drafting of legislation and regulations on behalf of clients. The husband is a Republican, and she is a democrat but work harmoniously to the benefit of their clients.
Andrea’s strength is allowing all clients irrespective of the political divide to be adequately represented. This dynamic partisan approach has developed a solid record of accomplishment with its effectiveness and reliability. She raised $100 million in the 81st legislative session on clean coal power plant capturing carbon. This is the world’s best clean coal power plant.
In 2007, Andrea McWilliams played a big role in saving cancer research package worth $3 billion. Her devotion and tenacity extend far beyond politics. She is widely recognized for her philanthropic positions such as being a committee member of St. David’s Toast, Long Center Notable Women, and chair of the Mamma Jamma Ride. McWilliams is a community volunteer and has been named to the All Stars of the Austin American-Statesman fortunate 500.
She is currently serving in different roles in non-profit organizations such as Texas Lyceum, Mexi-Arte Museum, Arthouse, Preservation Austin, Rise Across Texas Challenge, Peace Park Conservancy and HeartGift among others. She is a past president of Inherit Austin, which deals with the preservation of Austin Cultural and Architectural History. Inherit Austin protects important historic fabric and landmarks by safeguarding their unique character. Andrea McWilliams did represent KillCancer and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which are committed to preventing cancer.