Andrea McWilliams is well known in Central Texas as half of the power couple who founded McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants, a lobbying and consulting firm in Austin. From her early employment as a filing clerk at the Capitol while attending the University of Texas to her years in the private sector to now running her own business, Andrea McWilliams has worked tirelessly for her employers and her clients, earning her an exceptional reputation locally and nationally. She works with politicians on both sides of the aisle, businesses and nonprofit organizations, using her years of expertise to achieve the optimal outcome for each client.
Her widespread success demonstrates her ambition and drive, characteristics which Andrea McWilliams applies to every area of her life. In 2006, she was diagnosed and battled breast cancer, just as she approached everything else in her life, with fierce determination. Since this experience, she has become an advocate for breast cancer prevention and funding for cancer research. In 2007, she used her lobbying expertise to protect funding for cancer research, saving the 3-billion-dollar fund.
Among other causes, like George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, Andrea McWilliams uses her fundraising skills to raise money for breast cancer research and to help support families affected by this disease. She has served as honorary chair for the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride, a bike ride that has raised funds to support programs serving Texans with breast cancer. She also uses her lobbying business to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as well as the KillCancer organization.
Andrea McWilliams has received well-deserved recognition for both her professional and philanthropic achievements from organizations like the Austin American-Statesman, Girl Scouts of Central Texas and the Austin Business Journal. In 2014, Seton Breast Cancer Center honored her by naming a screening room after her.