Andrea J. Barefield
Mayor Pro Tem - Term Expires May 2020
Andrea Jackson Barefield was elected to the Waco City Council to represent District I on May 5, 2018 and sworn in on May 15, 2018. Andrea is the Executive Director of the Texas Brazos Trail Region – part of the Texas Heritage Trails Program. Before joining the Texas Brazos Trail Region, Andrea was the Main Street Manager for City Center Waco. There, she was able to develop, cultivate and grow a sense of community in Downtown Waco through historic preservation, economic development, and placemaking.
Prior to returning to Waco in 2015, Andrea created and launched Stage Presence Performing Arts Studio. Stage Presence was Houston’s home of the Debbie Allen Dance Institute. There, she was fueled by the transformation she witnessed when young, under-served students got to train and perform with world-renowned artists.
She serves on the Waco ISD Foundation Board, Creative Waco Cultural Arts Task Force, NAACP Executive Committee as 2nd Vice President and Economic Engagement Chair, Waco Civic Theatre Board, Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce Economic Development subcommittee, Texas Downtown Association and the Community Visioning Board.
Andrea has a Public Relations degree from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, where she met husband Elijah, and they have been happily married for 15 years. They have two beautiful sons, Drew and Jaxon. They are active members of Toliver Chapel Baptist Church. She is a proud member of the Waco Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Jack and Jill of America, Inc.