Born in Southern California and having spent much of her childhood in Southern Nevada, Andrea’s love of the mountains started young as her family would often go hiking and camping. Andrea’s mom was a seasonal employee for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, and in high school, Andrea often spent her summers volunteering at the Mt. Charleston visitor center, hiking, biking, and escaping the Las Vegas heat! Later in life, when Andrea met her future husband, they fell in love with the Sierra Nevada, backpacking and ultimately got married on the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Andrea holds a BS Degree in Environmental Science with a Minor in Biology from Portland State University and has also earned her Project Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute. Andrea has over sixteen years of professional experience as a biologist, Senior Environmental Planner/Scientist, Project Manager, and environmental consultant. She has thirteen years of experience with the state at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, as a Conservation Planner, and at Caltrans, as a biologist and Senior Environmental Planner.
Andrea is married with three girls and lives in Nevada City. Weekends are often spent with her family and at her children’s many extra-curricular activities, whether it’s soccer, horse-back riding, or theater! They also enjoy hiking, bike riding, camping, and backpacking. Andrea also loves trail-running in the Sierra foothills and goes as often as she can!
Andrea is very excited to join the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s team as the Reimbursements Program Coordinator. She is using her environmental background and project management experience to help ensure that the Conservancy’s many projects are reimbursed and implemented within the Sierra Nevada Region. She is thrilled to be a part of so many collaborative efforts with the goal of improving forest and watershed health and creating resilience in the Sierra.