As an Austin-based political lobbyist and fundraiser, Andrea McWilliams is an extremely skilled strategist who is recognized nationally for her lobbying efforts and was named Texas’ top lobbyist by the Austin Business Journal in 2009. In the 81st Legislative Session, she helped pass $100 million in incentives to make Texas the globe’s first location with the most advanced clean coal power plant that captures carbon.
Along with her husband, Dean, they co-founded McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants, an alliance that is trusted and respected at the local, state and national level. Unique is the fact that they are a bipartisan Republican/Democrat husband and wife lobby team that enables their clients to be well represented on both sides of the political aisle.
Clients have included the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and KillCancer. In recognition, in 2014 Austin’s Seton Breast Cancer Center named their screening room after Andrea.
The national media, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek, CNN, FOX News, NPR, and BBC have all featured Andrea McWilliams’ role as a leading political strategist, fundraiser, and national political commentator.
As a native Austinite, Andrea McWilliams continues to be very involved in local ventures. She has served as a board member for many non-profit organizations and is a past President of Inherit Austin that preserves Austin’s cultural and architectural past.
Andrea McWilliams has also been the honored recipient of many distinguished awards such as the Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s “2016 Texas Businesswoman of the Year Finalist,” the Austin Business Journal’s “Profiles in Power,” the Girl Scouts of Central Texas’ “Woman of Distinction” Award, the “Austin Under 40” Award, the Austin American–Statesman’s “Glossy 8” list, and she has been named numerous times to the Austin American Statesman Fortunate 500 “All-Stars” list.
When asked what her idea of happiness is, she replied, “group hugs from my three children” that they are raising in a home in the historic Old Enfield neighborhood.