Andrea Bazán was promoted to the role of President at After-School All-Stars in July 2021 after serving as Chief Development Officer. Previously, Andrea was CEO of PUENTE Learning Center, a prominent Charter School, Adult Education Center and nonprofit serving the immigrant community in the famous Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Andrea has had a career in nonprofits, philanthropy, academia and politics. She’s recognized nationally as a Latina leader and has dedicated her life to ensuring that opportunities exist for all. She has served as SVP of Development at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, President of Triangle Community Foundation, and Executive Director of El Pueblo, a statewide Latino organization she co-founded. As the first Latina lobbyist at the NC General Assembly, she pushed for the first legislation on in-state tuition for immigrant students and drivers’ licenses for undocumented workers in the nation.
Her board service includes Farmworker Justice, National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS) where she also served as Chair, The Duke Endowment, The Rex Endowment, Wachovia Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, The Nasher Museum, and The Women’s Forum, among others.
She worked in President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and political appointments include being named to the Medical Care Commission and NC Institute of Medicine by NC Gov. Hunt and NC Gov. Mike Easley as well as serving as an advisor to UNC President Erskine Bowles in the UNC Tomorrow Commission. She had the honor of being named to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Community Partnerships and was also a member of the Homeland Security Council’s Southwest Border Task Force under Secretary Shalala.
Andrea has an MSW and an MPH from the University of NC at Chapel Hill. She grew up in Argentina and moved to New Orleans as a young teenager with her family after fleeing Argentina during the Dirty War. Andrea is the proud mother of three daughters, Carolina, Juliana and Victoria.