Principal & Regional Lead
New York, NY
Andrea Nill Sánchez is a principal in Raben's Strategic Communications practice, where she leads project teams in crafting and implementing communications strategies that shift narratives, elevate diverse voices, and promote change. With over 15 years of experience in media, law, and advocacy, she has spent her career working to advance racial, economic, and social justice.
Andrea brings extensive experience working with nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government institutions on issues ranging from racial equity and criminal justice to immigration, labor rights, tech policy, and much more. Before joining Raben, she served as the communications and public affairs director for the Justice Lab at Columbia University, elevating the organization’s research to outlets like The New York Times, USA Today, and The New York Daily News. Andrea also previously served as the executive director of the AI Now Institute at NYU, where she helped drive narrative change around the impact of artificial intelligence, particularly on communities of color.
Andrea began her public relations career as a Spanish-language spokesperson and bilingual communications specialist at the United Food and Commercial Workers and International Union. Later she joined the communications team at the Center for American Progress, serving as a reporter for ThinkProgress and commentator on topics affecting Latino and immigrant communities.
A lawyer by training, Andrea was a trial attorney at Keker, Van Nest & Peters — a top litigation boutique where she helped develop winning arguments for clients that included a Guatemalan asylum applicant and her three children, a prison inmate seeking to reform California’s parole system, and a tech industry underdog facing off with a Fortune 500 company. She also clerked for the Honorable Edgardo Ramos in the Southern District of New York.
Andrea has served as a board member of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a fellow with the Council of Urban Professionals, a commissioner with the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, and a member of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Task Force, and co-chair of the Bias Subcommittee. She earned her law degree from Yale Law School and has a bachelor’s degree in Government from Cornell University. Born in Guatemala and raised in New York, Andrea lives in Brooklyn with her husband, young son, and two French Bulldogs, Nacho and Coco.