Andrea Lee has been a tireless organizer for women’s, workers’ and immigrant rights for 20 years. Since 2004, she has had the privilege of serving as the Co-Director of Mujeres Unidas y Activas, a grassroots organization led by and for Latina immigrant women based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
During her tenure, Andrea helped MUA to increase it’s budget by 500%, grow from a staff of 4 to 30, found and lead vibrant local, state, and national domestic worker and immigrant rights coalitions, win new rights for immigrant women workers, and expand its scale to reach women to new geographic areas throughout the Bay Area with the opening of a new program in Union City. Throughout it all, Andrea prioritized her commitment to supporting immigrant women’s leadership through the creation of MUA’s Futuro Fuerte (Strong Future) internal capacity building and leadership development program. Andrea is a skilled community organizer, popular educator, coalition-builder, strategic thinker, adept manager, and enthusiastic fundraiser. Andrea’s commitment to the movement to end violence against women and girls began when she worked as the President of the Greater Boston chapter of the National Organization for Women and served on the NOW National Board. She also worked to increase the political power of progressive women and people of color as the Director of the Women in Politics Training Program Director for the Commonwealth Coalition of Massachusetts and as an electoral organizer for a variety of local, state, and national political campaigns. Andrea is most proud of being the mom of 3 year old Aria and commits every day to ending white supremacy so that her daughter can grow up free and safe.
Mujeres Unidas y Activas
Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) is a 27 year old grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women with a double mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice. MUA’s peer-based anti-violence and mental health programs are complemented by intensive leadership development trainings and community education and organizing campaigns aimed at winning better working conditions and stronger labor protections for domestic workers, ending domestic violence, and protecting and advancing immigrant rights.