Andrea McWilliams: A Lobbyist to Watch

Andrea McWilliams is one of the best-known lobbyists in the Texas political scene today. Being thrust into politics as a Chief of Staff at just 21 years old, she has spent her career forging through the red tape of lobbying to become extremely successful and sought after by clients.

Andrea McWilliams has been a party to several different and high-profile pieces of legislation that have been passed in the last several years. She and her husband Dean spearheaded legislation to bring credits of over $100 million to Texas in order to make Texas the first place in the world with a clean-burning power plant that captures carbon in the air. Her and her husband formed McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants for just this reason, and with their bi-partisan marriage, they can form an unbiased approach and help represent companies and organizations on both sides of the aisle.

McWilliams is also an avid philanthropist, giving to several non-profits and sitting on several different boards, including the Waterloo President’s Council, Texas Lyceum, Mexi–Arte Museum, Arthouse, and HeartGift. As a breast cancer survivor, she also gives her time to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and KillCancer, both of which are non-profit organizations that help women who have cancer and are breast cancer survivors. She was also awarded with an honorary chair of the Mamma Jamma Ride for breast cancer.

McWilliams is also extremely interested in preserving everything that is great and beautiful about Austin, Texas. Having been born and raised in the City, she knows the value of protecting the local culture and architecture. That is why she is a Board member of Preservation Austin, Ballet Austin, and the Pease Park Conservancy. She also served for a short time as the President of Inherit Austin, an organization that was formed to preserve older buildings in the City.