Andrea McWilliams is a strategist, lobbyist, and consultant. In collaboration with her husband, Dean McWilliams, she founded McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultancy, a firm that specializes in laying strategies for business and political organizations. Andrea’s started her management career at a tender age of 21 when she was the chief of staff at Public Strategies, Inc. Currently, Andrea is a board member of the global tax services firm, PAC Board of Ryan.
Andrea McWilliams is a respected philanthropist and community volunteer in Texas. She once served as the president of Inherit Austin, a non-profit organization that works to preserve Austin City’s architectural and cultural past. Andrea sits on the boards of several community-based organizations including Rise Across Texas Challenge, Ballet Austin, Mexi-Arte Museum, Austin Children in Crisis, and Pioneer Farms. She was one of the co-chairs at the Marathon Kids gala, an initiative that was aimed at promoting health among children in elementary schools across the U.S. She prides herself as a member of the 2016 Emerald Ball Committee and a founding member of the Long Center’s Notable Women.
Providing Hope for Cancer Patients
Following her successful battle with breast cancer, McWilliams devoted her life to supporting and encouraging cancer patients across the world. She was featured in the January 2007 issue of Austin Woman Magazine, where she shared her cancer success story. In the feature, Andrea told the readers that the key to winning against cancer is to believe in the power of possibility and, above all, pray and trust in God. In 2011, Andrea was the honorary chair of The Texas Mamma Jamma Ride, a non-profit organization that helps people diagnosed with breast cancer.
A UK-based technology firm has developed a new technology that helps cancer patients to keep their hair after undergoing chemotherapy. Andrea is currently lobbying for the company to establish a branch in Austin.
The Austin Business Journal named Andrea as the top lobbyist in Texas in 2009 and bestowed her with the Profiles in Power Award. She was also awarded by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas with the Woman of Distinction Award. In 2012, Andrea was recognized with the Austin Under 40 Award. She is also a proud member of The Austin American-Statesman’s Glossy eight list