Andreastarted her public sector career in the nonprofit world: at the Kellogg/United Way Training Center that provided training to nonprofit Boards, then the Volunteer Services Department of the Children’s Home Society of California, an adoption and children’s services agency.
Jolted by the Whittier earthquake, she and her family decided that the Whittier – Los Angeles commute was too long, so she accepted a position with the City of Whittier in the Public Works Department, a 5-block commute from home. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree (tuition reimbursement program), she was appointed Human Resources Assistant. After six years, she joined the City of Monterey Park as Human Resources Analyst, then promoted to Human Resources Manager. She went on as Director of Human Resources in the City of Commerce. She tried private consulting for a short while, served as the Interim Human Resources Manager for the City of Santa Fe Springs, and then accepted the appointment to the position in 2007.
Andrea has a Master in Public Administration degree from the Graduate Center of Public Policy and Administration of Cal-State Long Beach (tuition reimbursement program â€“ Monterey Park). She also has a Certified Professional (IPMA-CP) designation from the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), a Master of Labor Relations Certificate from California Public Employers Labor Relations Academy (CALPELRA), and a Senior Professional designation from SHRM (SHRM-SCP).
Andrea has served on the SCPMA-HR Chapter Board and the Western Region IPMA-HR Board. She currently serves on several national Committees and on the IPMA- HR Executive Council as the Western Region Representative. She is the surprised recipient of the 2015 Muriel M. Morse Achievement Award from the Western Region Board.
When not at work or at meetings, Andrea travels with Alan, her husband of 31 years.