For almost 20 years, Andrew Sousa has been developing and implementing short- and long-range strategies to further the communications goals of foundations, non-profit organizations and associations. As a senior vice president at TogoRun, FleishmanHillard’s health care specialty agency, Andrew designed and directed integrated communications programs for the Digestive Health Physicians Association, the Gary and Mary West Foundation, the West Health Institute, JDRF, Give Local America, the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery, the Alliance for Rational Use of NSAIDs and many others.
Andrew served as communications director for Leadership for Healthy Communities, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national program to reverse childhood obesity trends. In this role, he led the strategic communications of six grantee membership organizations serving state and local policymakers working to promote policies that increased access to healthy, affordable foods and opportunities for physical activity. Andrew led communications strategies for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) and its Health Through Action program, a five-year W.K. Kellogg Foundation capacity-building project with 18 grantees in 15 states.
Andrew also directed the public relations efforts for MZA Events (the organizers of the AIDS Walks in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles), and served as vice president, chief of communications for Operation HOPE, a national non-profit working to eradicate poverty through financial literacy education and the economic development of under-served communities.
As press secretary for U.S. Representative Barbara Lee, Andrew raised her visibility as a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS and managed local, national and international media strategy following a controversial solo vote against the use of force resolution passed by the U.S. Congress following the terrorist attacks of September 11.