Andrea McWilliams grew up Austin, which is the capital of Texas. She learned about politics at an early age which enabled her, at just the age of 21, to become a Chief of Staff. After serving in a public role she went into the private sector at Public Strategies, Inc. where she worked in public relations. She now works for McWilliams, a government affair consulting firm that she co-founded with her husband, Dean. As she is a Democratic lobbyist and he is a Republican lobbyist they are able to work both sides of the aisle in order to help get important legislation passed. Andrea McWilliams is also a skilled fundraiser that has not only raised funds to lobby but also to help various nonprofits around the state of Texas.
One of Andrea McWilliams most passionate causes is the fight against cancer, especially breast cancer. She has represented both the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and KillCancer, and has raised large sums of funding for their causes. Another breast cancer nonprofit she has served is Mamma Jamma Ride, for which she served as the honorary chair in 2012. In recognition of her efforts to cure breast cancer, Andrea McWilliams had the screening room at Seton Breast Cancer Center named after her.
Andrea McWilliams philanthropical efforts have also been directed towards other causes such as being a member of the St. David’s Toast of the Town Committee which promotes health communities. In addition to providing safety net clinics and health initiatives, this committee provides scholarships to students who are receiving an education to become health professionals. Andrea McWilliams is also one of the founders of the Long Center’s Notable Women which supports the performing arts in Austin. She continues to live not far from where she grew up in an historic home along with her husband and three children.