Andrea Cristina Mercado is the Campaign Director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She is the daughter of South American immigrants and was raised in New York and Florida. Andrea was the Community Organizer and Political Director at Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), a grassroots Latina immigrant women’s organization in the San Francisco Bay Area, from 2003-2012. In 2005 she helped found and build the California Domestic Worker Coalition, which recently passed a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. At MUA she also helped to organize the first national meeting of domestic workers organizations at the US Social Forum in 2007, which resulted in the formation of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
As Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance she now helps lead Domestic Worker Bill of Rights campaigns across the country and We Belong Together: Women for Common Sense Immigration Reform campaign. She has also lived and worked in Bahia, Brazil with Ipeterras, a sustainable agriculture project, organizing against free trade agreements and developing sustainable alternatives to migration. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, and lives with her husband and two children in South Florida.