Andrea McWilliams: From File Clerk to Powerful Lobbyist

Today, Andrea McWilliams runs her own million-dollar consulting and lobbying firm with her husband. She is known as a highly-skilled lobbyist, reliably getting her clients the results they desire. Local and national news organizations including The Wall Street Journal and USA today have described her as a fierce political strategist and expert fundraiser. She began her career, though, as a file clerk at the Texas Capitol in Austin making minimum wage as she worked toward her government degree at the University of Texas. Finally, at age 21, she rose to the level of chief of staff for a Texas state representative and began making a name for herself in the political landscape.

Taking a hiatus from the political realm, she worked in public relations for Public Strategies, Inc. Drawing on both these experiences, she and her husband started McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants, a consulting and lobbying firm working with clients from both the public and private sectors. Andrea McWilliams grew the firm by exploring the new direction of the lobbying world. She makes an effort to work across the aisle helping pass bipartisan policy for causes like cleaner energy.

She gained the reputation as an expert in her field achieving recognition like the “Austin Under 40” award and the “Style Setter” award by Austin Fashion Week. Austin Business Journal also portrayed Andrea McWilliams in their “Profiles in Power” section.

Amidst all her success, philanthropy is a priority for Andrea McWilliams, and she fights for these causes with the same passion she displays in her professional life. She has helped with events like the Marathon Kids gala and the Mamma Jamma Ride. Andrea McWilliams is loyal to Austin, her hometown, and supports her city through involvement with the boards of Preservation Austin, Ballet Austin and Pease Park Conservancy among others.