Ms. Andrea Zekis of Little Rock, Arkansas is a nationally recognized transgender activist and community grassroots leader. She’s a 2020 Presidential Management Fellowship finalist with graduate degrees in Public Service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, Geographic Information Systems from the University of Central Arkansas and Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.
She co-founded the Arkansas Transgender Equity Collaborative in 2014, where she helped advance access to legal, medical and economic resources for transgender and non-binary Arkansans through community-led projects. Her civil rights career has included stints with Human Rights Campaign Arkansas, National Center for Transgender Equality, Basic Rights Oregon, American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska and the American Atheists.
A Victory Empowerment Fellow in 2015, Zekis is known for being one of the first transgender Americans to introduce and publicly endorse a major party Presidential Candidate which she did for Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont in March 2016. Zekis is based in Washington, DC where she enjoys hiking and watching baseball games as pastimes.