Andrea provides program management, design and facilitation for GEO’s cohort and peer learning opportunities using intersectional, anti-oppression approaches and liberatory pedagogies that center meaningful relationships, community learning and equitable outcomes.
Andrea is a bilingual, values-based Program Manager at GEO with nearly a decade of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors committed to advancing racial equity and social justice. Before coming to GEO, Andrea managed a trust-based philanthropy program at a community foundation in the Chiapas Highlands designed to redistribute power and wealth in the region by decolonizing historic philanthropic practices. She spearheaded organizational practice change to decentralize decision-making structures, and worked alongside local community members to promote inclusive, community-informed grantmaking rooted in traditional Maya practices.
Prior to that, she was a community organizer with Maya youth, using popular education approaches to support their resilience, resistance and self-led liberation from situations of homelessness, child labor and trafficking. Andrea also worked as a community organizer in Washington, DC, organizing with low-income, immigrant, Black, Latinx and AAPI families. She designed and facilitated multilingual workshops to support their power building, leadership and position as equals in the DC public school system to advance social justice starting in the classroom. In that role, she also coordinated and facilitated professional development for school-based staff, providing training and coaching on anti-bias education and equitable family engagement practices.
In her free time, Andrea enjoys cycling and painting.