Andrea is a seasoned political operative who was the first person to serve as Communications Director for both the House and Senate campaign arms of the United States Congress. She has over a decade of experience in public affairs at the national, state and local level. She specializes in crisis communications, media training, public affairs and government relations.
During the 2016 cycle, Andrea was the Communications Director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the 2016 cycle. The NRSC is campaign arm of the United States Senate and is responsible for protecting the Senate majority. Andrea was the primary spokeswoman for national print, radio, and television outlets for the NRSC and was the chief public relations strategist for all Senate campaigns. Despite having to defend 24 incumbents in a volatile political environment Andrea crafted a messaging strategy to make running as an incumbent a positive. Every message was highly targeted and purposefully local. In the 2014 and 2016 cycle, Andrea developed a strategic messaging tool-kit for Members and candidates that proactively inoculated them from “War on Women” attacks; efforts recognized by The Washington Post, National Public Radio and The Buffalo News.
During the 2014 cycle, Andrea was the Communications Director at the National Republican Congressional Committee. At the NRCC Andrea led a communications team of eleven professionals who advised and assisted House Republican members and candidates in message development and political campaign strategy. More than eighty Members of Congress and top-tier candidates have relied on Andrea’s media training course to effectively communicate and tailor their national message on a local level.
Prior to serving as Communications Director at the NRCC, Andrea served as Deputy Communications Director and Regional Press Secretary. In those roles Andrea crafted and implemented political communications plans for more than 40 targeted Congressional campaigns and was a key player in implementing the communications strategy that led to historic Republican gains in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Andrea has also been involved in several political campaigns both at the presidential and congressional levels. In the 2008 cycle, she helped develop a campaign strategy in one of the most highly contested congressional races in the country that led to a 15-point victory for a candidate in an open seat. In addition, Andrea served as regional coordinator and research analyst for John McCain’s presidential campaign. At McCain headquarters, Andrea coordinated the campaign’s regional media outreach – facilitating regional television and radio bookings for campaign surrogates and drafting press releases to announce campaign supporters, candidate appearances and campaign initiatives. In addition, she prepared research materials on candidates and policy issues and assisted in rapid response during primary debates.
During her time on Capitol Hill, Andrea has developed and executed communication strategies on legislative issues ranging from health care to financial reform. As communications director and primary spokeswoman for Congressman Tom Reynolds and Congressman Chris Lee, she built strong working relationships with key local and national reporters, editors, TV/radio outlets and bloggers. In addition, Andrea implemented an aggressive digital strategy, including a state-of-the-art website and social networking outreach. The non-partisan Congressional Management Foundation recognized the website as one of the best on Capitol Hill.
In addition to her political experience, Andrea was an Account Supervisor at Edelman Public Relations. At Edelman, Andrea was on the internal communications team at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. She developed strategic plans and programs to communicate operational objectives and information to 15,000 Pfizer employees around the world. In addition to her work at Pfizer, she implemented grassroots and media outreach for American Public Health Association’s signature campaign; National Public Health Week.
Andrea is a graduate of John Carroll University. She is a member of the Family Advisory Council at Oishei Children’s Hospital and is a member of the Board of Directors at the Field and Fork Network. She lives in Clarence, New York with her husband and their daughter.