FFAA Board Chair Andrea Marra Announces Run For NY State Senate

By Shane Stahl • February 7, 2018 • 2:17 pm

This week, Freedom For All Americans Board Member Andrea Marra announced that she would make a historic run for New York State Senate. If Marra wins the election, she would be the first ever out transgender legislator elected in the state and the first Asian American elected to the New York State Senate.

Marra will face Jose Peralta in a September 11 primary election, and said in a statement:

“New York State must serve as a defense against the real and dangerous threats coming out of Washington. We need new, honest leadership to protect and expand affordable housing; modernise the broken MTA; deliver the funding our schools need and deserve; and invest in New York’s overburdened public hospitals.”

Marra serves as the board chair for Freedom for All Americans Education Fund, advising on strategy and best practices for securing equal treatment for LGBTQ Americans nationwide.

In addition to her work with Freedom for All Americans, Marra sits on the board of Just Detention International, an organization dedicated to ending sexual violence in prisons. In her career, she served as a senior media strategist at GLAAD; served as co-director of a progressive Korean community organization; managed public relations for GLSEN; and has managed external communications at the Arcus Foundation for the past four years.

Over the past decade Marra has received numerous accolades. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential Asian Americans in 2017; chosen as one of The White House’s Next Generation of LGBT Leaders; and selected for The Advocate’s Forty Under 40 list. She also received a Colin Higgins Foundation Courage Award, a GLSEN Pathfinder Award, and a National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance Community Catalyst Award. She additionally made the inaugural Trans 100 List.

Read Andrea’s profile on the FFAA Education Board Members Page here.

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