Andrea started her public work as a community organizer on issues of social, economic and environmental justice. In 2002 she was elected to the Vancouver School Board - a first for the Green Party in Canada - and went on to serve three terms on Vancouver City Council. She was appointed Vancouver’s first permanent Deputy Mayor and led many policy changes including initiatives to make Vancouver the world’s Greenest City, committing Vancouver to transition to 100% renewable energy, and creating a nationally significant municipal framework for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
In addition, Andrea served as a director of Metro Vancouver Regional District including serving as the Vice-Chair of the Climate Action Committee. Nationally she was one of five elected officials appointed to the Green Municipal Fund to oversee the FCM's $625 million green infrastructure granting programs.
After retiring from municipal politics in 2018, Andrea was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard and was recently appointed an Adjunct Professor of Practice at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and an instructor at Simon Fraser University.
Andrea has been recognized with a number of awards including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award and the World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award.