Andrea Barnes

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Andrea Barnes is a co-founder of Project uPGrade, a young women’s empowerment organization designed to inspire high school girls in Prince George’s County, Maryland to achieve their professional, academic, and personal goals. Andrea is also a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in pursuit of a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Public Policy, with minors in Hispanic Studies and Education.

As a first-generation college student from Fort Washington, Maryland, Andrea strives to diminish the poverty cycle through community development, the improvement of educational equity, and strong evidence-based public policy. She was recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the Order of the Golden Fleece, and recognized as 2018’s Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Senior at her university. Among many involvements, Andrea has interned with Prince George’s County Public Schools, the Public School Forum of North Carolina, directed the Latinx Mentoring Program for the Carolina Latinx Collaborative, and served as a Communications and Policy Intern for a North Carolina Representative.

In the future, Andrea hopes to improve quality of life outcomes for underserved, minority, and low-income communities by serving in public office. To contact Andrea, visit To learn more about Project uPGrade, follow us on Twitter @PGPupgrade or Instagram @pgpupgrade.