We often think of the role of a lobbyist as an unscrupulous and dishonest one. There are some lobbyists out there that are just in it for the money and would represent just about anyone if they paid enough. What we do not consider, however, are the lobbyists like Andrea McWilliams. These are the people that represent good clients and give back to their communities.
Andrea McWilliams is a lobbyist located in Austin, Texas. She has been in politics in the public and private spheres ever since she gained a Chief of Staff position at the young age of 21. She now is the co-founder of McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants with her husband, Dean. Together, her and dean have been instrumental in getting legislation passed that helps the people and State of Texas. In fact, one of her recent victories was getting $100 million in incentives and credits for her State to become the first location in the world to get a truly advanced clean coal power plant that captures the carbon emissions it produces. This is a win for both the energy sector and conservationists.
Andrea McWilliams is also extremely involved in her community. She is a member of several non-profit boards, including Texas Lyceum, Mexi–Arte Museum, Arthouse, Rise Across Texas Challenge, HeartGift, and the Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital. Preserving Austin, Texas is also extremely important to her, which is why she is also the past President of Inherit Austin and currently the Board member of Preservation Austin and the Pease Park Conservancy.
McWilliams has been awarded several times for her great work, both in her career field and in her philanthropic endeavors. She has won a Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of America, the Austin Under 40 Award, A Style Setter Award for her work with non-profits from Austin Fashion Week, and a feature in “Profiles in Power” form the Austin Business Journal. She truly is one of the good ones.