Andrea McNeil’s objective in returning to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina has been, “To help build a self-sustaining, empowered middle-class.” She is passionate about public health issues including health promotion and disease prevention, youth engagement and active transportation.
Some of Andrea’s fondest childhood memories include family bike rides to Lake Michigan with her father and two younger siblings. This 12 block ride allowed her family to have fun, exercise and learn bicycle, pedestrian and transit safety together.
Currently, Andrea is the ITI Service Manager for the City of New Orleans Mayor’s Office. In this role she has the opportunity to combine collaboration, innovation and technology in order to deliver business value. Previously as the Community and Faith-Based Outreach Consultant for the Smoke-Free New Orleans ordinance campaign, she helped to harness the support of faith-based leaders to facilitate public education, grassroots engagement and mobilization of the community and educate them on the importance of local smoke-free policies and cessation resources available.
Andrea is one of the founding members of the Women’s Transportation Seminar Greater New Orleans Chapter (WTSGNO) and currently serves as the Vice-President. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Dryades YMCA and is a Claiborne Corridor Ambassador.
Andrea has gained the ability and connections to bring together diverse groups to accomplish a focused objective. She has a passion for teaching and advocacy and hopes to help shape future public awareness and policy on bike, pedestrian and transit issues through education, advocacy and mobilization of the community.
She holds a Ministry Certificate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS), a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of New Orleans (UNO) and a Bachelor’s of Science from Northeastern Illinois University.