Andrea Lopez (she/her) is a Northeast San Fernando Valley native and has been connected to Tia Chucha’s since 2012. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz where she received her BA in Psychology with a minor study in Education. During her undergraduate years, Andrea was involved with UCSC’s Social Psychology research department, interned as a multiliteracy and arts education mentor with Corre La Voz, and was a Project Grad Ambassador among other work. After returning to her community from her undergrad, she worked as a youth art instructor for local nonprofit Youth Speak Collective. In 2018, Andrea joined Tia Chucha’s team as a Program Coordinator, helping develop Tia Chucha’s arts education classes and events. In 2019, Andrea led Tia Chucha’s Great Streets Challenge Project, an initiative by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti focused on building transformative street infrastructure and community engagement. In 2022, she became Tia Chucha’s Communications Coordinator. Andrea is an artist and enjoys writing music, making visual art, and reading!