Jan Andrew helps corporate and non-profit clients tell their stories in the media and on the web. Most recently she was a senior executive with The Hendra Agency Inc. in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, which specializes in public relations for the book publishing industry. In San Francisco, she served as Communications Director for aMedia, Inc., the prominent Asian American media company. She has consulted with several start-ups, and handled publicity for the launch of NCMonline.com, a project of New California Media, as well as for its expansion nationally as New America Media. She is past president of Women in Business, San Francisco (2001), and past president of the Association for Women in Communications, Los Angeles (1994) and currently heads up the Public Policy Committee for the New York Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).
In Los Angeles, Ms. Andrew served as an account supervisor in the public affairs department at Ketchum Public Relations, and received her Masters in Communications Management at the Annenberg School for Communication (USC), afterwards joining an award-winning public affairs firm, WHPR, as a partner in 1993. She served on the Boards of L.A. Harvest and Women Against Gun Violence.
She began her career in journalism covering politics for Detroit area newspapers, while co-producing and co-hosting “Rap Up,” a local PBS news show that grew out of her work with The Metro, an alternative weekly. She left the Great Lakes region to begin her PR career at Simon & Schuster in New York, where she touted bestselling authors from Harold Robbins to Nancy Friday. She later joined the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s national headquarters as a staff writer.
Ms. Andrew has authored books on “How to Beat the Races” (based on her experience as a groom and handicapper at New Jersey and Miami racetracks), on divorce (Divorce & the American Family) and on food (contributor to Grandma’s Kitchen). As a publicist at the New York agency Barbara J. Hendra Associates, she handled national accounts in high tech, publishing, business, the non-profit arena and entertainment, including the Daytime Emmys, bestsellers by Andy Grove of Intel and economic commentator Paul Erdman. In L.A., Ketchum clients included such major corporations as Mobil Oil, Disney Development, Price Waterhouse and RC Cola.