Andrea Silbert joined the Eos Foundation as its first president in 2007. Prior, Andrea was the co-founder and CEO of the Center for Women & Enterprise, one of the largest nonprofit entrepreneurial training centers in New England. Since 1995 , CWE has served entrepreneurs ranging from owners of small home-based businesses to the founders of fast-growth technology companies like Zipcar and iRobot, Andrea was a Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in 2006, campaigning on a platform of job creation, economic development, economic justice, and poverty alleviation.
Andrea began her professional career as a financial analyst with Morgan Stanley in New York. She was inspired to use her skills to help alleviate poverty and left Wall Street for Latin America. Working in Costa Rica, Columbia, and Brazil Andrea served as a trainer and consultant on grassroots economic development issues. During her time abroad, Andrea worked for Women’s World Banking, an international network of micro-loan funds, and was named an Echoing Green Fellow for her work to help at-risk Brazilians street girls learn job skills and start their own businesses.
Returning from her work overseas, Andrea served as the Economic Development Director for the Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation in Roxbury, where she provided counseling to small businesses prior to launching the Center for Women & Enterprise.
A nationally recognized advocate in the area of economic empowerment, Andrea was selected by Working Woman magazine – alongside Senator Barbara Mikulski and Gloria Steinem – as one of only 25 leaders in the past 25 years who “have given women in the workplace a better shot.”
Nationally, Andrea served as the founding President of the Association of Women’s Business Centers, meeting with Congressional leaders to promote legislation to assist women-owned and small businesses. In 2000, she was appointed to the National Woman’s Business Council, which provides advice to Congress and the President on issues of concern to women entrepreneurs, particularly around access to capital and government procurement. Andrea was a co-founder of Springboard Enterprises, a national organization which has helped fast-growth women entrepreneurs raise over $2 billion in angel financing and venture capital.
In 2007, Governor Deval Patrick named Andrea to the Public Education Nominating Council, which appoints board members to public colleges and universities across Massachusetts. She also served on the leadership committee of the Governor’s Job Readiness Task Force to reform the state education system, and oversaw the Early Education and Care subcommittee.
Andrea is a graduate of Harvard University, where she earned a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She lives in Harwich with her three children. A dedicated environmentalist, Andrea works to protect our natural resources and quality of life through her service as a Trustee with the Harwich Conservation Trust.