There is often a stigma around lobbyists and political individuals that paints them as being immoral and corrupt. However, when you look at the life that Andrea McWilliams, an lobbyist and political figure from Austin, Texas, you start to wonder why that stigma is catching on at all.
Andrea McWilliams currently works as the co-founder of McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants with her husband, Dean. She was thrust into politics at a very young age, and she has grown into one of the most powerful political figures in Texas. In fact, she has been named in the Austin Business Journal’s “Profiles in Power” and Texas Monthly’s “POWER” profiles several times. She has worked tirelessly for her clients, which include not only companies and private organizations in Texas, but also charities and non-profits, including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and KillCancer, both non-profits organized to help those with cancer and cancer survivors.
Andrea McWilliams also has a great philanthropic streak. She is on the board of several non-profit organizations, and she is committed to helping preserve her community. In addition to working with several breast cancer awareness organizations, she is also the board member of the Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital, Austin Children in Crisis, Pioneer Farms, and the Waterloo President’s Council. She also served a term as the President of Inherit Austin, which was organized to help preserve Austin’s rich architecture.
McWilliams has been recognized over and over again by her community for all of her work. She has won the Austin Under 40 Award, the Woman of Distinction Award from the Girls Scouts of Central Texas, and has been called a Consigliere to the Powerful and Political by the Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She has also been named on the Austin American-Statesman’s Fortunate 500 list. She truly breaks the mold of your average lobbyist.