High-octane, Austin-born Lobbyist to the Rich and Powerful

Andrea McWilliams is an Austin-based lobbyist and philanthropist. She is co-founder of the Texas-based consulting firm, McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants with her husband, Dean. For her work within the agency, McWilliams was rated by the Austin Business Journal as being the number one lobbyist in Texas during the year 2009. In addition to her work crafting policy within the legislative arena, Andrea McWilliams has also served on the boards of over 10 non-profit organizations including, Texas Lyceum, Mexi–Arte Museum, Arthouse, Rise Across Texas Challenge, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital, Austin Children in Crisis, Pioneer Farms, and many others. McWilliams is a native-Austinite, having been raised only a short distance from the Texas Capitol. Her father’s restaurant businesses, a hamburger place on Congress Avenue and later a cafeteria near the Texas Workforce Commission, always kept her in proximity with the political culture of Austin. She began working as a junior staffer at the Austin Capitol at the age of twenty and was subsequently granted the title of Chief of Staff the following year. Her political dexterity has been reported on by CNN, NPR, USA Today, and the BBC. In addition to her role as an influential lobbyist, Andrea McWilliams has wielded her authority in the sphere of public fundraising. Rooted in her own battle with cancer, Andrea McWilliams has helped to raise millions of dollars to aid cancer prevention within central Texas. During 2014, Austin’s Seton Breast Cancer Center named their screening room after McWilliams. During her career, Andrea has received the 2016 Texas Businesswoman of the Year Finalist designation, the “Austin Under 40” Award, and has been featured in the Austin American-Statesman as a part of the “Glossy 8” list. Andrea McWilliams currently resides in the historic Enfield district of Austin with her husband and three children.

 

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