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Field Director at Massachusetts Public Health Association

Boston, MA 02108-5014
United States of America


Andrea M. Freeman is the Field Director for the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA), a nonprofit advocacy organization based in Boston, MA. She is responsible for building and supporting statewide coalitions and regional networks of individuals and organizations to advise and assist MPHA in setting and advancing statewide policy priorities. In this role, Andrea travels extensively throughout Massachusetts to establish and maintain relationships with partners and to provide technical assistance. She manages MPHA’s statewide Policy Council, co-chairs the Regional Transit Authority Advocates Coalition, and serves on the Coordinating Team for the Western MA Health Equity Network. Andrea has 20 years of experience in growing networks and assisting nonprofits and agencies in Massachusetts and nationally. Prior to joining MPHA she was the Director of the Putnam Conservation Institute (2003-2012) for The Trustees of Reservations (MA) and the Director of Training & Conferences (1994-2002) for the Land Trust Alliance (DC). She earned a BA degree in environmental studies and economics in 1991 from St. Lawrence University (NY) and an MS in natural resource policy and planning in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. As an undergraduate student, Andrea spent two semesters studying abroad in Kenya and what was at the time, the Soviet Union. Andrea currently lives in Leominster, MA, with her husband, a public librarian, and some fury critters. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Twin Cities Rail Trail Association, is a delegate to the MA Democratic Party, and volunteers for local progressive candidates.  You can follower her on Twitter @DreaFreeman.