Andrea is a Senior Marketing Coordinator with an extensive background in marketing, business development, and procurement in environmental and software consulting, as well as the non-profit sector. While the bulk of her professional experience is focused on competitive proposal preparation, her experience also includes conference planning and attendance, client meetings, preparation and editing of collateral materials, strategic business development, marketing and communication strategies.

What is your favorite ESA moment/memory so far?
I do believe watching everyone showcase their costumes for Halloween 2021 (virtually) was *chefs kiss* – but honestly, this is such a great group to work with, it truly is difficult to pick.

What does it mean to you to be part of an employee-owned company?
I like knowing that I am surrounded by folks who are making decisions with the greater good in mind. Knowing that we are all invested in ESA’S success instills a sense of confidence in the small and large decisions that are made daily.

What has been your favorite job in your career and why?
As much as I would love to say “ESA. duh”, my favorite job was my first job – Sees Candies. I stared working for Sees when I was 16 years old and I loved it. The atmosphere can’t be beat (it was like living in a 1950s movie 8 hours a day!), the perks were pretty awesome (who wouldn’t love to eat free candy… constantly?) and the staff were all very cheerful, kind, and had a can-do customer service attitude that made both shopping and working there awesome. I held that job until I was almost 19, and even went back when I was 24 for a little while. The pay was also surprisingly great – and it was a union job!

What keeps you coming to work here at ESA every day?
The people and culture – hands down. Most of us can take our skillsets and go basically anywhere, but company morale and culture is not the same across the board. I have been here for a little over a year and I am still jazzed to work with my colleagues (and for ESA) everyday!

What is your hidden or special talent(s)?
Though it has been QUITE some time since I have picked up my instrument (… like, 10+ years), I was first chair flautist in concert band, in the marching band, and played on my churches worship team back in 2012. I even taught flute to beginners for a bay area non-profit in 2010!

What’s your favorite thing to do when you are out of the office?
DISNEYLAND. But, if you’re making me stay local, baking and/or going to the movies.

Share a personal fact no one would ever guess about you.
My biological father is half African American. Yes I know, you would NEVER guess!

If you had one free hour each day, how would you use it?
….what exactly is free time? Kidding – if and when I do have free time, I like to go for a run or play with my dogs!

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

What is the greatest bit of advice a parent or mentor has given you?
Be patient. All of my mentors across the years have, in one way or another, taught me to work hard but have patience in the process – most good things don’t happen overnight!

What are three skills that you bring to the ESA team? In other words, what should colleagues know to reach out to you about?​

  • ​Marketing
  • Communcation styles and tips
  • Disneyland

In a nutshell, what kind of work does your team do?
Procurement and client capture!

Describe your role at ESA and the type of work you do.
I am a Sr. Marketing Coordinator. I am here to help you pre-position for work, write your proposals, win those interviews, and keep the (procurement) wheels moving. I also support on client outreach events, conference planning, market-focus planning, and collateral development.

What’s been your favorite project to work on here at ESA and what impact did it have on the community and/or environment?
As heavy of a lift as it was, the recent TRPA (cross-regional) proposal effort was by far my favorite and likely most rewarding proposal effort to date. The team coordinated between NorCal and the PNW regions to put together a plan to test and analyze the invasive species that are an increasing threat to Lake Tahoe. My personal ties to the Lake Tahoe area made the proposal interesting, and the awesome team of experts made the process enjoyable!

In relation to the work you do, what’s one thing people can do in their everyday lives that can help create a more sustainable future?
*STOP REQUIRING PRINTED PROPOSALS* In this day of technology, all procurement should be done electronically. Imagine all the trees and emissions we would save!

Have you had the opportunity to work on any career-defining projects?
I feel like every project is career defining in one way or another, it’s all in how you approach it and what you take away!​

Andrea showing her Pride and Disney gear for a day at the park.