Andrea Villaseñor-Perry, MSW, is a longtime advocate for children and families who has worked in policy, program development and management, both as a professional and volunteer for over 25 years. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley with an MSW from San José State University, she began her career in Santa Clara County as a policy analyst for Supervisor Dianne McKenna (1989-1995). There she assisted in the initiation of several countywide efforts designed to improve conditions for children and families.
Beginning in 1990, Andrea was an active parent volunteer in the San José Unified School District for over a decade. She was a founding member/co-chair of the Community Alliance for a Responsible School System (CARES), a parent/ community group. CARES campaigned to secure state and local monies to fund childcare, advocated for school-linked services for students, and worked to increase parental involvement and promote respect for diversity in the school community. Andrea also served on the Latino Youth Steering Committee, a countywide initiative that resulted in increased County and City of San José funding for youth services. She was honored by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (1997) and by former State Superintendent Delaine Eastin (1998) for these efforts.
From 1997 to 2001, Andrea worked with a broad-based community collaborative to launch the County Public Health Department’s first Violence Prevention Program. Together they built support for effective violence prevention policies and strategies which addressed firearm violence, alcohol-related violence, media violence, and school violence. In 2000, Andrea received the Robert H. Gonzales Memorial Award from the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission for her “dedication and outstanding service to the community.” In 2002, she was nominated by Congressman Mike Honda for the Woman of Achievement Awards for exemplary volunteerism.
Beginning in 2003, Andrea served as the Executive Director of Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN), and later as an executive manager at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. A former member of the County’s Human Relations Commission, she was a founding member of the Jim McEntee Legacy Committee. Since 2005, Andrea has served on the Board of the Friends of Human Relations of Santa Clara County in an effort to honor the vision and spirit of Jim McEntee, a beloved community leader.
Married to her husband, Sandy Perry, for nearly 40 years, Andrea is the proud mother of Christina V. Perry, an educator, who works in San Francisco.