Category: Fundraiser

Andrea McWilliams – A Force to Be Reckoned With

Andrea McWilliams is a lobbyist and political fundraiser. The industry recognizes her as a formidable strategist with persuasion, patience, wit, and unyielding attention to detail. For more than 15 years she has worked in Austin. She studied government at the University of Texas at Austin and paid her own way through college. She knows what it is to start at the bottom and work her way up in life.


She is comfortable in both the private and public sector and is quite familiar with the national media. Her experience includes appearances on FOX News, CNN, BBC, NPR, Newsweek, and USA Today to name a few. She also has experience as a national commentator. The Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce distinguishes her as being a consigliere to those who are political and powerful. She has served as a board member for numerous non-profit organizations including Ballet Austin, Rise Texas Challenge, Texas Lyceum, Waterloo President’s Council, and Pioneer Farms. McWilliams has also represented the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.


Andrea McWilliams holds the distinction of having been a Chief of Staff at the young age of 21. The public relations company, Public Strategies, is where she developed grassroots skills for navigating the private sector. As co-founder of McWilliams, a full-service firm that consults in governmental affairs, she is trusted and respected. She is able to conduct business at the local, state, and national level.


The role of a lobbyist is making sure that government officials are privy to both sides of an issue. This helps the officials make sound decisions. The lobbyist represents associations and businesses to elected government representatives. Lobbyists research, monitor, work with coalitions, educate, and attend hearings. A hallmark of their success is the ability to connect with government agencies and key policy makers. While they may not win all the time, what matters is their ability to represent the issues and needs of client policy makers.