After working in education for many years, Andrea Andrade saw an ongoing gap in access to financial guidance and resources for local underserved community members. From affordable housing to parents saving for their children’s future, Andrade’s work has centered around giving others an opportunity to recognize their voice and find the strength they need to meet their financial goals.
“My mom lost her house in 2017 and became homeless and I felt hopeless because I couldn’t get her housing,” said Andrade. “I realized then my mission to become a resource, not only for my mom but for other local community members in need of financial guidance.”
Andrade applied for a role with a Central Valley developer to lead housing advocacy and learned as much about housing as possible. “My mom finally has a safe and affordable place to call her home.”
When Chase’s Community Manager position opened up, Andrade saw this as another opportunity to amplify what she’s been working towards, bringing the financial tools and resources to communities that need it most. “I am a woman of color and I have seen many single moms in my family go through housing insecurity. It’s not only happening in my family, and I want to strive to make a difference in the local community,” said Andrade.
As a Chase Community Manager for Stockton, Andrade‘s goal is to provide the local community with access to the tools and resources that are available to help them reach their financial goals. On September 14th, Andrade will be hosting a workshop on credit for college students at the 510 N El Dorado Street branch from 5:30pm-6:30pm.
Previously, Andrade served as Resident Services Coordinator for Visionary Home Builders of CA, Inc. In partnership with the Residents United Network (RUN), Andrade worked to harness the power of people to expand housing advocacy within California’s Central Valley. She also educated communities on local and statewide housing issues as to influence policy and budget decisions at the state, regional, and local levels.
“We’re providing access to financial wellness opportunities to Stockton and the surrounding communities. Andrea’s determination to bring families, individuals and communities together to help them see their financial goals realized is what’s needed to help make a lasting impact,” said September Hargrove, Northern California Director for Community Banking, Chase.”
As part of JPMorgan Chase’s recent five-year $30 billion racial equity commitment to close the racial wealth gap, the firm is nurturing and building relationships with important community leaders, non-profit partners and small businesses with the goal of promoting and improving financial health among the local community. As part of this commitment, the firm is refreshing 150 branches in historically underserved communities, including new Community Center Branches, 13 of which are open already in cities like Harlem, Oakland and Los Angeles, designed with extra space to be a focus for the community, as well as opening 100 additional branches in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods across the country.
Born and raised in Stockton, Andrade received her Bachelor’s in Visual Art from the University of the Pacific. She still resides in Stockton with her Husband, two sons and daughter.