EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Andrea French joined TAG-Houston Region as Executive Director in January 2013.  In this role, Andrea directs advocacy, outreach and communication initiatives and advises TAG’s Board of Directors on strategic planning and operations.

Andrea has an extensive background in government and public affairs and in communicating public policy issues to a broad range of stakeholders and coalitions.  Most recently, Andrea was the Government Relations Manager for the Greater Houston Partnership – the primary advocate for Houston’s business community.  While at GHP, Andrea created and implemented the “Power Hour” series aimed at educating member companies on legislative issues impacting the Houston business community.  This series continues to provide members an opportunity to engage with local, state and federal lawmakers in issue-specific forums.

Prior to joining GHP, Andrea served as the Public Affairs & Marketing Manager for the City of Oklahoma City.  Andrea developed and directed the public engagement and public relations campaigns for Project 180: a comprehensive four year, $140 million redesign of downtown streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas.

In 2009, Andrea was asked to join the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce as their MAPS3 Campaign Manager.  She managed campaign staff in all aspects of coalition development in order to pass a seven-year, nine-month one-cent sales tax for eight diverse economic development projects for Oklahoma City

Andrea is a 2004 alumnus of the University of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland, where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Government & Public Policy. After completing two legislative sessions for the State of Maryland, Andrea was offered a position working for the Mayor of Baltimore as her lead transportation liaison. In this role, Andrea handled budget, policy and legislative issues on behalf of the Mayor as it related to transportation needs for the City of Baltimore.

Andrea is married to Jason French and is the proud mom of Jackson.