Andrea Austin

Communications Officer, United Nations Foundation

Andrea Austin

Growing up, Andrea Austin wanted to be President of the United States.  Now, she’s the Communications Officer for the UN Foundation’s Girl Up campaign.  Being told at the age of ten that she couldn’t be president because she’s female is what motivates her now to promote girls’ rights and empowerment. 

Another passion of Andrea’s is combating human trafficking. Before coming to the United Nations Foundation, she did communications for the anti-trafficking organizations Polaris Project and Shared Hope International.

Andrea has a graduate degree in International Law and Human Rights from the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and dual degrees in English and Spanish from the University of Virginia. 

Fun fact: Andrea trains in and teaches Thai boxing and is one of only a few women on the competitive fight team.

Blog Posts by Andrea Austin

One (extra)ordinary girl’s story
Yesterday I went up to New York to film Kumbukani – or Kumba, as her friends call her – a Girl Guide from Malawi who came to attend the Commission on the Status of Women. When I saw her she appeared…well, ordinary.
February 28, 2012