Andrea was raised in Bellingham, WA and has a Bachelor’s from Western Washington University with emphasis studies in Accounting and English. Andrea has several years’ experience in Accounting, including working as a nonprofit Finance Manager, and as a Tribal Grant’s Accountant for Natural Resource and Social Service programs. In Colorado Springs, she worked as a Business Development Specialist at Akima, LLC, a company owned by her Inupiat tribe. She researched federal contract opportunities and provided administrative support for business development.
Early in her career, her very first nonprofit job was as Office Manager/ Bookkeeper for Boys & Girls Club of Whatcom County, which inspired her to continue pursuing work for organizations such as The Volunteer Center and Allied Arts of Whatcom County, which benefits youth, arts education, environment and community, cultural diversity, and social justice. She enjoys being a lifelong learner and after graduating from all three colleges in Bellingham – BTC, WCC, and WWU – she went to Seattle in 2011 to attend Antioch University as a graduate student in Management and Leadership. Recently, she has taken workshops in Non-Profit 101 for Board Members and Grant Writing.
Andrea enjoys exploring storytelling as a way to share traditional Inupiat knowledge, language, art, and culture. She grew up sailing and camping with her family in the San Juan Islands, passing on kayaking skills to her two sons. The family’s Australian Shepherd wears a dog life jacket as a kayak passenger. The oldest son lives in San Francisco, while her youngest son lives in Kirkland and works at a nonprofit theatre.
Fun Fact: She turns recycled steel and wood coffee tables from Starbucks into patio furniture with recycled mosaic tiles.