A Force to be Reckoned With: Andrea McWilliams

Andrea McWilliams has quickly becoming a household name in the Texas political sphere. She and her husband, Dean, have spearheaded several projects to help make Austin and the United States a better place with their firm, McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consulting. McWilliams has been named in both Texas Monthly’s Power Profiles and Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power, and she is showing no signs of slowing down.

One of McWilliams’ wins as a lobbyist was representing clean coal and getting over $100 million in credits to help Texas build one of the first advanced clean coal burning plants in the world. She also works as a representative with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and KillCancer. As a cancer survivor, she knows the importance of these non-profit organizations.

When she is not lobbying, you could probably find Andrea McWilliams volunteering in her community. Having been born in Austin, McWilliams finds preserving the historical buildings and surroundings of the City to be a top priority. She served as the President of Inherit Austin, an organization that was formed to preserve historic buildings. She also currently served as a board member of Preservation Austin and the Pease Park Conservancy. Some other boards that she is a part of include HeartGift, Pioneer Farms, Texas Lyceum, Mexi-Arte Museum, Arthouse, Rise Across Texas Challenge, and the Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital.

For all of her service to her industry and community, Andrea McWilliams was given the Austin Under 40 Award. She has also been honored by Austin American-Statesman as a member of the Glossy 8 List, and was awarded Austin Fashion Week’s “Style Setter” award for her work with non-profits. She also received a Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. No matter what she puts her mind to, Andrea Mc Williams is a force to be reckoned with.