Andrea Ambriz is a senior nonprofit executive and advisor to national community and civil rights organizations. As a former labor leader and experienced advocate for working families and businesses, she has a strong track record of building partnerships and creating solutions to foster, strengthen and protect our communities and economy. Her family has called the Mar Vista community home for over 20 years, and she is committed to applying her background working within the federal and state government to build and nurture Healthy, Vibrant, and Safe Communities for Mar Vista and surrounding neighborhoods. She seeks to provide a voice to all diverse communities in the Mar Vista area.
From her family and schooling, Andrea learned to work hard, be bold, and help others. She believes in the responsibility to serve our community and each other, which honors those who built this county. We continue their legacy by providing opportunities for others.
Andrea most recently served as Chief of Staff at an SEIU Local, the largest union in California and second largest in the nation, where she championed economic justice initiatives for over 387,000 workers, predominantly low-income women of color. Previously Andrea served under President Barack Obama at the White House as Deputy Director of Private Sector Engagement, crafting innovative partnerships with business and non-profit leaders to benefit American workers and communities; this included spearheading commitments to advance pay equity, combat climate change, support fair trade policies, and provide veterans and second-chance individuals with hiring opportunities.
Andrea’s further experience from held positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury allowed her to work collaboratively with bipartisan members of U.S. Congress, consumer advocates, businesses, and foreign governments to develop policies to strengthen the U.S. economy and build wealth for American families—including launching a new, national savings program—myRA—to help American workers save for retirement.
Formerly advising California State Legislators at the state capitol, including former Senate Pro-tem Kevin de León, Andrea improved the safety and health of California neighborhoods by helping institute notable landmark laws to allocate over $400 million equitably to park-poor neighborhoods for green, open space development; to require background checks for the purchase of ammunition and protect our streets; and initial consumer finance legislation for the future creation of the statewide “California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program,” to help California workers build economic security.
Andrea has consulted for various political campaigns and domestic and international projects for the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She was a regular published contributor to and has been recognized by the Sacramento Bee as one of 60 California Influencers in 2018. She has also been highlighted in The Huffington Post in their article “40 Under 40: Latinos in American Politics.” She is a Board member of the West Los Angeles Democratic Club and the Heart of L.A. Democratic Club, an Alternate Member to the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, and has served on the board of the Insight Prison Project, a non-profit providing re-entry programming and training. She earned undergraduate degrees from DePaul University in both Public Policy-Urban Studies and Sociology, and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Her family has called West Los Angeles home for over 20 years, and she can often be seen in the neighborhood walking her puppy, Coco.
Andrea is supported by members of the West Los Angeles Democratic Club and the Heart of LA Democratic Club, and former California Senate Pro-tem Kevin de León.
ANDREA’S PERSONAL STORY
Andrea Ambriz is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, raised in the heart of L.A. by her family. She learned the promise of labor and opportunity from her parents and grandparents who were small business entrepreneurs, and mother who is a medical professional caring with compassion for patients in clinics city-wide. She spent summers with her grandparents in San Diego at “swap-meets,” supporting their business and rising before dawn and ending at dark, experiencing first-hand the realities and challenges of seeking and achieving the American Dream. Andrea’s family earned their citizenship to the United States to build a future of opportunity for her family, and viewed education as the means to learn to contribute to this country. From her family and schooling, Andrea learned to work hard, be bold, and help others. She believes in the responsibility to serve our community and each other, which honors those who built this county. We continue their legacy by providing opportunities for others.