Andrea Batista Schlesinger is a liberal activist, consultant, and advocacy nonprofit executive, and has been a partner at left-leaning urban policy consultancy HR&A Advisors since 2017.  She was formerly executive director of the Drum Major Institute. 
Schlesinger is the former U.S. Programs deputy director for George Soros’s global philanthropy, the Open Society Foundations. 
Schlesinger served as the Special Advisor to former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where she lead the Young Men’s Initiative, which influenced former President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. 
Schlesinger sits on the board of The Nation, and was formerly on the board of the New York Women’s Foundation. 
Schlesinger has been published in The Nation, the Huffington Post, and Alternet.org, among others. 
Schlesinger is a former director for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ national campaign to discuss the future of Social Security with college students. 
Schlesinger formerly served as the public relations director of Teach For America.