Chief Executive Officer, HomeFirst Services
Andrea joined HomeFirst in March 2015 after serving as the agency's Interim CEO. Andrea has spent her career striving to provide the highest quality, innovative, and culturally competent services for individuals and families in Santa Clara County's highest-risk communities. She has a strong passion for diversity and inclusion and has brought this passion to the agencies she has supported. Andrea is keenly grounded in service to those experiencing homelessness or marginalized by the lack of affordable housing.
Before HomeFirst, Andrea was Chief Operating Officer for Alum Rock Counseling Center. Previously she was a Clinical Director for EMQ/FamiliesFirst and Program Coordinator for Gardner Family Care Corporation Prevention & Early Intervention Services. For almost a decade, Andrea was an Adjunct Lecturer for Santa Clara University, working to increase awareness around diversity and inclusion, organizational sustainability, and the implementation of industry best practices while providing supervision to graduate students. Her overriding goal is to ensure that everyone has services supplied through a culturally competent lens ensuring all our marginalized community members are safe and thrive.
Andrea, recognized as a 2018 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, is a proud member of the American Leadership Fellows Class XXXVIII (2019-20) (https://alfsv.org/about-us/). She was accepted into the Harvard Business School Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management in 2019. She sits on the Boards of Hunger at Home and Legacy Alviso and is an Advisory Board Member for RescueSF. Andrea is an active member of the Behavioral Health Contractors' Association (BHCA) led by Executive Director Elisa Koff-Ginsborg.