Andrea is the Consensus lead digital and social media strategist. Since 2002, Andrea has driven the firm’s leadership in leveraging the social web to drive campaign results for public relations and community outreach around Southern California’s most politically charged public policy issues. Her deep insight into community relations has made her a thought leader in navigating the intersection of social media and community engagement. She has spoken at Social Media Week, ULI’s Urban Marketplace, and USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. She has directed some of the most contentious community outreach campaigns on behalf of government and corporate clients, with exceptional results in mobilizing hundreds of stakeholders to make their voices heard by decision-makers.
Andrea’s vast experience spans complex and controversial projects in real estate development, transportation, infrastructure, renewable energy, water and public facilities. She is an expert in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) public process, with a keen understanding of how to build a balanced community and political climate to earn approvals. She has built unprecedented support for highly contentious large-scale developments in historically anti-development communities throughout Southern California. She has generated widespread support for wind farms and turned an apathetic public into passionate advocates in communities with deep-rooted environmental justice groups.
Andrea is also a veteran facilitator of conversations about complex public infrastructure projects and she has directed numerous large-scale public involvement campaigns. She pioneered the use of live webcasts, virtual community meetings and social media to broaden engagement for federal, state, county and city agencies.
Prior to her work at Consensus, Andrea worked for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich and on Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Barbara Lee. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Public Policy and Management. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles African- American Women’s Public Policy Institute and Councilmember Huizar’s Pershing Square Renew Project. She is also an active member of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Transportation and Goods Movement Council.