I’m a strategic advisor and consultant using influencer relations, story-shaping and media engagement as my key tools. Growing leadership platforms to power influencer voices in climate action is my speciality. (Listen to this podcast interview with me, or see my Manifesto page.) I am passionate, values-driven and extremely enthusiastic (see my Twitter feed) about climate action, social impact and social justice topics, lately including:
- The global plant-based food systems transition, emphasis on leveraging surprising influencers.
- A North American #Bikes4Climate transition, with an emphasis on electric cargo bikes for first/last mile delivery use (sometimes referred to as cyclelogistics).
- U.S. democracy, especially how it aligns with climate action and social justice.
I’ve helped a range of private, nonprofit and NGO clients with my combination of strategic thinking, communications messaging, content shaping and social engagement expertise. Clients have included: 50by40.org, the Democracy Initiative, The Embedding Project, International Boreal Conservation Campaign, Iron Mountain, Restore The Earth Foundation, C2ES, the We Mean Business Coalition, and the Yale Center for Customer Insights.
- My conversation, as co-host of the Bike Talk podcast, with David Miller, C40 Cities, re: #Bikes4Climate
- The Virtuous Cycle interview with me (great backgrounder on #Bikes4Climate)
- My #PlantBased4Climate introduction post
- My GreenBiz piece on leadership platform development using social capital
- My workshop video on climate conversion storytelling and surprising validators for the plant-based food systems sector
Client And Colleague Comments
“I’ve hired Andrea to help two different progressive change coalitions in two different countries jumpstart their presence on twitter. Most recently, I contracted her for a short Democracy Initiative effort to build out our leadership platform development and coach our leadership and communications team. She quickly got up to speed in the complex democracy issue space and was effective getting our work visible in new sectors (including leveraging her own climate action networks on our behalf). I especially appreciated strategic brainstorms that were just the right balance of ambitious and pragmatic for our budget and approach. To ensure we maintained social capital building momentum beyond her contract, Andrea also coached our team around Twitter community engagement theory, and helped us strategically leverage responsive, strategic content. In just a few months time, DI got on the radar of more of our key targeted media and influencers, and saw strong ROI in having worked with her. Andrea is a rare find.” – Jen Lamson, Deputy Director, Democracy Initiative
“Andrea has been an incredible resource during her time working with KEXP. For every project she’s been a part of, she’s offered valuable insights, created online connections that result in off-line partnership, and informed long-term strategic direction for how we can increase our impact in the community. I am consistently impressed with Andrea’s capacity to dive into a new campaign and instantly recognize connections that can be built through social media that ultimately help us meet our goals. She keeps us thinking about what’s possible. It is truly a pleasure to work with Andrea.” – Dashel Schueler, Associate Director of Development, External Relations, KEXP
“Andrea is a great strategic partner full of creative ideas for content and connections. She worked with us to strengthen influencer engagement, helped us launch a curation stream and elevate our experts as thought leaders. In the process, she helped connect our issues to wider circles and broader audiences. And she showed us how to leverage events and ensure our messages rise to the top of relevant conversations. ” – Emily Cousins, Communications Manager, International Boreal Conservation Campaign
“Andrea has an intuitive understanding of how to strategically leverage social media to effectively engage customers, employees, and other stakeholders.” – Hugh Byrne, Sr. Vice President, GreenBiz Group