Andrea Zekis of Little Rock, Arkansas was a 2019 McLarty Scholar who completed her assignment at Vital Voices Global Partnership. “In addition to her work for the fellowship, Andrea shined as a member of the Vital Voices community,” said Kelly Heller, M&E specialist at Vital Voices, “contributing to the organization through designing and executing training on various topics with staff and positively contributing to the work culture.”
Andrea is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in mass communications, Syracuse University with a MA in broadcast journalism and University of Central Arkansas with a master’s in geographic information systems. Andrea will complete her graduate studies in public service at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in May, 2020. She was selected by the Office of Personnel Management as a Presidential Management Fellow finalist for 2020, and is expected to serve with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia starting in July, 2020. She has recently served as a policy fellow for American Atheists, a volunteer in Nepal for Winrock International on their global development work to improve agricultural systems and a volunteer with Our House in Little Rock developing guidelines for peer mentorship for individuals reentering society from prison. She’s nationally known for her work advocating for the civil rights of the LGBTQ community, founding an organization in her home state of Arkansas.