Senior Regional Field Director, Central US, National Skills Coalition
As Senior Regional Field Director for the central United States, Andrea helps organize multi-stakeholder coalitions that advocate for workforce policy changes at both the state and federal levels. She provides technical assistance to state partners in the areas of coalition-building, policy analysis and press outreach, and supports more intensive legislative and communications campaigns within targeted states. Andrea joined National Skills Coalition in 2008.
Andrea was previously Youth Policy Associate for the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, mobilizing advocates, service providers and youth to pass legislation through the Illinois General Assembly that created the Illinois Commission on Children and Youth. She was also served as Youth Transitional Jobs Coordinator for the National Transitional Jobs Network, and in this role, helped to grow transitional jobs program serving disconnected youth. Prior to that, Andrea organized community coalitions to prevent youth violence and substance abuse as Eastern Regional Support Center Coordinator for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse – St. Louis Area.
Andrea holds a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University – St. Louis and a bachelor degree in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is based in Dallas, Texas.