Andrea Serrano's work in breastfeeding advocacy stems from her passion for addressing maternal and infant health issues, especially among communities of color. Breastfeeding is a preventative strategy for combating infant mortality and the health disparities that disproportionately affect African American families. Ms. Serano is originally from North Hollywood CA. She attended Mount St. Mary’s College with a major in Healthcare Policy and minor in Business Administration. During her course of studies, she participated in the Transforming Communities and Public Policy-Washington Semester Program at American University and interned at the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services in the Office on Women’s Health.
In 2012, Andrea assisted in the coordination of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) Breastfeeding Summit titled, “Reclaiming an African American Tradition”. Following the summit, she was offered the role as ROSE's Program Manager and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. In her role, Andrea serves on the coordinating team for ROSE events, trainings, and program related activities.
In August of 2014, Andrea completed the Certified Lactation Counselor Training course and was awarded her certification in October. She is a Co-Founder and Treasurer for National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC), board member for the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition, Stakeholder Advisory Board Member of the Emory Center for Children’s Health, the Environment, the Microbiome and Metabolomics, member of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals, and NAPPLSC’s member representative for the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). Andrea is also a member of the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) 2016 First Food Racial Equity cohort.