Andrea Obando joined ERA in September 2016 as the Equal Justice Works Fellow. Her Equal Justice Works project, sponsored by Viacom and Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, seeks to eliminate barriers to economic security for low-wage women of color by enforcing equal pay laws and using legal advocacy and community outreach to expand women’s access to high-wage jobs in the male-dominated construction trades.
Andrea is a 2016 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). During her time at Berkeley, she participated in the California Law Review, the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, and the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, for which she served as Co-Editor-in-Chief.
As the daughter of immigrants, Andrea is dedicated to advocating for under-represented groups. Throughout law school, she volunteered with the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center’s Workers’ Rights Clinic and Centro Legal de la Raza’s Workers’ and Tenants’ Rights Clinic. In the summer of 2014, she received a Peggy Browning Fund Fellowship to work at Murphy Anderson PLLC, a public interest law firm that represents workers and unions. She also served as a summer law clerk for the California Teachers Association and as an extern in the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center’s National Origin program. Prior to law school, Andrea taught middle school science and reading in inner-city Houston. She received a B.A. in Psychology and Italian from Dartmouth College.