Andrea Duarte was born and raised in the border town of Nogales, Arizona. After Andrea graduated from Nogales High School, she decided to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona Main Campus in Tucson. Andrea graduated from the University of Arizona in 2022 with Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a focus in Ideas and Methods and two minors; Spanish and Latin American Studies.

While finishing her degree Andrea volunteered for numerous organizations, canvassed for political leaders and was also a part of different Latino based programs throughout the University of Arizona in which focused on empowering first-generation Latino students. After graduating from the University of Arizona, Andrea took on a summer internship with AmeriCorps as their Community Outreach Specialist for the Cooperative Extension Development Program. During her time as an intern Andrea learned how important it was to educate communities and give them the appropriate resources and information in order to prosper.

Andrea is now a Project Coordinator with Amistades. As project coordinator Andrea is responsible of the coordination and implementation of the Mayahuel Prevention Consortium and the Caras de Esperanza programs. Both programs have a significant focus in preventing and reducing the progression of substance abuse in our communities.