Anyone involved in U.S. politics has probably run across the name of Andrea McWilliams before. Although McWilliams has made a name for herself in national newspapers, she hasn’t strayed far from her roots in the great state of Texas. McWilliams credits her early interest with politics and political fundraising to her experience growing up just a few minutes away from the Texas Capitol building.
McWilliams’ determination to make a name for herself led her to become a Chief of Staff at the age of 21. The popular public relations firm Public Strategies, Inc. quickly recognized McWilliams’ talent and hired her just a few years later. Andrea McWilliams took the skills she learned both in the public and private sectors to form her own company for government affairs simply called McWilliams. Today, McWilliams is one of the most respected full-time firms in the political world for local, state, and even national races.
McWilliams has been recognized for her work by numerous publications in her home state. For example, the Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce chose McWilliams the “2016 Texas Businesswoman of the Year Finalist” award. The Girl Scouts of Central Texas also honored McWilliams with a “Woman of Distinction” award.
Besides her professional life, McWilliams is passionate about making a difference in the community through volunteer work. Just a few non-profits McWilliams has helped over the years include the Mexi-Arte Museum, HeartGift, Texas Lyceum, and Arthouse. McWilliams also served as the President of Inherit Austin, which seeks to educate and maintain all the historic buildings throughout the city of Austin.
Some other organizations McWilliams is particularly proud to help out include the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the nonprofit group KillCancer. Through all of her fundraising efforts, McWilliams hopes she can help doctors and researchers find a cure for cancer in the near future. McWilliams even participated in a fun “Dancing With The Stars” fundraiser event in Austin to support the Center for Child Protection, which serves as a children’s advocacy center.
McWilliams currently lives with her husband, Dean, in Old Enfield, Texas. When she isn’t working, she’s busy at home raising her three children.