Andrea McWilliams: A Powerful Texan

In the fast-paced world of politics, there is currently no woman more powerful than Texas-based lobbyist Andrea McWilliams. McWilliams got her start in politics when she was just 21 years old, and she has been working tirelessly for public, private, and non-profit organizations to get them the representation and legislation that they need to be successful.

Andrea McWilliams started her career as a Chief of Staff and quickly rose through the ranks. She co-founded McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants with her husband, Dean. Together, Andrea and Dean McWilliams have been representing clients in just about every sector all over Texas. More recently, Andrea McWilliams spearheaded a lobbying effort to bring over $100 million in incentives for Texas to build the first advanced clean coal power plant, a win for both politicians and conservationists.

When she is not lobbying for causes she believes in, McWilliams can probably be found volunteering for one of the many non-profit organizations that she is a part of. McWilliams is on the board of many non-profits as well, including Texas Lyceum, Mexi–Arte Museum, Arthouse, Rise Across Texas Challenge, HeartGift, and the Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital. She is also very involved in preserving historic Austin, her home town in Texas. She has been the past President of Inherit Austin, an organization that was formed in order to preserve Austin’s architecture, as well as being on the board of a number of other groups, including Preservation Austin and the Pease Park Conservancy.

McWilliams has won many awards for her work in politics, including an Austin Under 40 Award and a Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of America. She has also been featured in several articles about women in politics, including Texas Monthly’s POWER profiles and Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power. She will continue to serve both her clients and community.