Andrea Reimer has been a strong public voice in Vancouver and the metro region for almost two decades, with a focus on working with residents to build green, reconciled, just, engaged communities and making government easy for the public to access.
Andrea started her public work as a community organizer on community efforts to achieve greater social, environmental and economic justice. In 2002, she was elected to the Vancouver School Board, a first for the Green Party in Canada. In 2008, Andrea co-chaired Gregor Robertson’s successful campaign for Mayor, ran for Council herself, and went on to be elected to three terms on Vancouver City Council.
During her decade on City Council, Andrea spearheaded a number of initiatives, including the City’s effort to be the Greenest City on earth, Vancouver’s nationally significant municipal framework for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, establishing Vancouver’s first Women’s Advisory Committee and gender equity mandate for all advisory committees and overseeing the City’s Women’s Equity Strategy.
Andrea also brings a strong understanding of housing, transportation, and land use issues across the region. During her decade on City Council, Andrea was the lead on community planning in Vancouver and Vancouver’s representative on Metro Vancouver’s Regional Planning Committee. She currently sits on TransLink’s board and Chairs Metro Vancouver’s Independent Consultation and Engagement Panel.
In 2018 Andrea was awarded a prestigious Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where she studied and taught about urban policy and strengthening democracy. Upon returning to Vancouver, Andrea began teaching at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and established a consultancy, Tawaw Strategies, to support courageous leaders wanting to make bold policy on the most urgent issues of our times.
In addition to her public roles, Andrea has also been a prolific community volunteer serving on boards of diverse organizations ranging from a credit union to the Canadian Women Voters Congress. She has been recognized with a number of awards including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award and the World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award.