Andrea’s career in emergency management began in 1999 working for a small non-profit in San Francisco, the Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disaster (SF CARD). Little did she know it would lead to a career of a lifetime! From there, she went on to work as the Emergency Manager for the Golden State Division of the Salvation Army, the SF Volunteer Center, the 12th District of the Federal Reserve Bank and the City and County of San Francisco.
In early 2020, she joined Walmart as their Senior Director of Global Emergency Management and Business Continuity. She lead the team responsible for preparing for disasters, developing business continuity plans, and managing crises to protect Walmart associates and customers around the world. She joined Walmart from the Walt Disney Company where she served as their Director of Global Crisis Management and Business Continuity. There, she led an enterprise-wide department responsible for developing and implementing culturally relevant emergency management training programs, exercises, crisis and family assistance operations, and employee preparedness initiatives across the globe.
Prior to Disney, she served as the External Affairs Director for FEMA’s Louisiana Recovery Office. There, she oversaw all media, intergovernmental and congressional activities for one of the U.S.’ largest disaster recovery efforts, with a total recovery portfolio of over $25 billion. In her short tenure, she helped restore FEMA’s brand. She and her team undertook an outreach campaign to regain the public’s trust. Their grassroots approach was credited with transforming the public’s perception of FEMA; culminating with over 300 groundbreaking/ribbon cutting ceremonies & the media coining a new acronym- TGFF: Thank God for FEMA.
Her passion is volunteer service which led to her selection as the Inaugural Emergency Manager of the Year by the International Association of Emergency Managers in 2018 and she was inducted into the Women’s Emergency Management Hall of Fame in 2013. She was recently elected as Chair for the NW Arkansas American Red Cross and launched a Tiffany Circle for the State of Arkansas. The Tiffany Circle is a community of women leaders who help advance the mission of the Red Cross.