The Andrade -Van de Putte partnership was formed after we saw a niche, then both decided it was time for new challenges, recognizing opportunities, and building something truly our own.
Together we bring thirty years of experience in public office, and over fifty years of business acumen. The key to navigating government is having knowledge of the culture and language of each of these entities and knowing how to translate that to the private industry.
The heart of our practice is getting people together, bridge the gap between government entities, and the business community. Contact the Andrade Van de Putte team; we would be happy to meet with you to address your needs and tailor your success.
Co-Founder & Chief Strategic Advisor
Secretary Andrade, a successful entrepreneur and business leader in the San Antonio community for more than three decades, previously served as workforce commissioner, transportation commissioner, and Texas’ Chief Elections Officer, senior advisor and liaison to Governor Rick Perry for Texas Border and Mexican Affairs, and Chief International Protocol Officer for Texas.
Under her leadership the Secretary of State’s Office, led fourteen international and domestic trade missions to promote Texas, ensured the efficient movement of goods at all Texas international crossings, promoted Texas Wide Open for Business, brought new businesses to local communities creating hundreds of new jobs, worked closely with over ninety General Consuls to develop business relationships with their prospective countries, worked closely with international companies to bring the largest foreign investment to Texas, and increased outreach and information resources to voters. She was the first Latina and longest serving Secretary of State in Texas History.
Her civic service includes leadership roles with the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Free Trade Alliance of San Antonio, United Way, the San Antonio Symphony and the board of trustees for Our Lady of the Lake University.
She has been recognized and honored with numerous awards and accolades such as, The Woman of the Year by Women in Transportation, Small Business Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Hope for Children Esperanza Award, San Antonio Leadership Hall of Fame Award, the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award, and Woman of the Year Award, Perry Transportation Award, and most recently inducted into the San Antonio Business Hall of Fame.
Leticia Van de Putte
Co-Founder & President
Leticia Van de Putte, a practicing pharmacist since 1980, served in the Texas Legislature for over two decades representing a large portion of San Antonio and Bexar County. She has been recognized and honored with over two hundred awards and citations for her work on behalf of small business, veterans, families, quality education, healthcare and economic development, such as Community Advocate of the Year Award, Fighter for Free Enterprise Award, Fearless Trailblazer Award, MALDEF Lifetime Achievement Award, the Edward R. Roybal Award by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and the Vietnam Veterans of America Texas State Council’s Legislator of the Year Award.
Senator Van de Putte was named by Texas Monthly Magazine as one of the “Top Ten Legislators” and is the subject of a book, Latina Legislator: Leticia Van de Putte and the Road to Leadership by Dr. Sharon Navarro.
Nationally, Leticia has held numerous important positions on Boards, comprising the Texas Pharmacy Association, Families USA, Milbank Memorial Fund, The National Assessment Governing Board; commissions such as The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Advisory Commission, and Foundations like the National Conference of State Legislatures Foundation, and American Legacy Foundation. She is in demand as a dynamic and inspiring speaker. She is especially recognized for her work battling Human Trafficking.
Alexis’ worked for the Texas Legislature for ten years, having served as a staff member, communication assistant, and District Director for Senator Leticia Van de Putte. She previously worked for the Executive Office for Immigration Review and Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Department of Justice.
She also oversaw and managed all financial aspects, including payables, receivables, advising on ethics issues and completing all ethics commission reports for Senator Van de Putte’s state and local campaigns.
Alexis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, a Master’s degree in Administration/Communications, and doctoral studies in Organizational Leadership.
Geraldine Garcia retired from the San Antonio Police Department as Assistant Chief in 2016 after 34 years. In that leadership role, Chief Garcia, she had a direct responsibility for several components in managing a police force of nearly 2400 personnel. She oversaw the Operations, Administrative and Operations Support Bureau, and was responsible for the Tactical Support Division and Major Crimes Intelligence Division, while assisting Chief McManus in his duties.
Externally, she was a key collaborator with municipal, county and federal law enforcement in battling crime and ensuring our communities and neighborhoods were secure and protected.
Geraldine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University, and a Master of Science in Justice Policy from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.
Chief Garcia was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011 and is serving a second term for District 5 on the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. Geraldine is currently a Career and Technical Education Instructor (Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Program ) in the East Central Independent School District.
James “Jim” Keffer, served in the Texas Legislature for 20 years representing House District 60. Throughout his tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, he served as Chairman of various House committees including: Natural Resources, Energy Resources, Ways and Means, Economic Development, and the Select Committee on Property Tax Relief.
Prior to running for the Texas Legislature, Keffer served as Republican County Chairman for Eastland County. In 1997, he became the first Republican to ever represent District 60, which encompasses Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Eastland, Hood, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, and Stephens Counties.
Representative Keffer has been recognized with honored with numerous awards and citations for his workings, and was also named by Texas Monthly Magazine as one of the “Top Ten Legislators.”
He is president of EBAA Iron Sales, Inc., an iron foundry with locations in Eastland and Albany, Texas, and is a graduate of Texas Tech University. He and Leslie, his wife of 40 years, have three grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Gerald Lee has over twenty-two years of government and public affairs experience. Gerald has served as Regional Director of Government Relations for the American Cancer Society, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Governmental Affairs Director for the San Antonio Board of Realtors, Chief of Staff to a San Antonio City Councilman, and Legislative Aide to a State Representative.
Until recently, Gerald was the owner of Lee Public Affairs. Gerald Lee has represented has a wide array of clients including: insurance companies, engineering firms, construction firms, non-profits, and various other business interests.
Gerald has experience in lobbying before the Texas Legislature and various local government entities. Gerald Lee has achieved high profile victories, such as PGA Village while at the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Smokefree San Antonio as campaign director, passage of legislation that allowed for voter approval of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) while at the American Cancer Society.
Gerald Lee has done media interviews with radio, TV, and newspaper. In addition, Gerald Lee has gone before editorial boards on behalf of clients. Gerald Lee has done governmental, public affairs, and message training for clients and volunteer organizations.
Gerald Lee previously served as a Board of Trustee on the VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. He serves on the Board of Directors of Lifetime Recovery. Gerald is a member of the Rotary Club of San Antonio. He is a past board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Antonio, San Antonio State Hospital Volunteer Council, and American Lung Association.
Sylvia R. Reyna has over thirty-seven years of experience in educational administration and leadership. Upon her retirement, Sylvia was Chief of School Leadership at Dallas Independent School District. In addition to Dallas ISD, Reyna also held executive level positions at three other school districts: Edgewood ISD, Ft. Worth ISD, and San Antonio ISD.
Sylvia’s vast school administration experience is grounded in identifying and developing effective policies, administrative procedures, and legislative priorities. She has unparalleled experience coordinating school districts’ actions with government entities at the federal, state and local levels.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Incarnate Word College, Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University at College Station.
Minnie Abrego-Sanchez has over 30 years experience as an educator in the Edgewood and San Antonio ISD’s where she was a teacher, administrator, and a leader in various educational organizations.
For over ten years she served as the Community Outreach Director for State Senator Leticia Van de Putte and was most recently District Director for State Senator Jose Menendez.
Minnie received her Bachelor of Arts in Education (English and Spanish) from Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas and was recognized by the University as a Distinguished Alumna for outstanding professional achievements in her career and civic leadership. In 1980, she obtained a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Over the years she has served and continues to serve in leadership roles on various city, county, non-profit, and professional organization boards, some of which are Bexar County Parks, VIA Transit, San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame, Mexican American Business and Professional Women, Bexar County Democratic Women, and her local Neighborhood Association.
Minnie has been politically active at the local, state, and national level. During the 2000 Gore campaign she represented teachers for the AFL-CIO throughout the U.S. She has attended the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University to further enhance her skill set. Over the years she has conducted numerous advocacy workshops and training sessions for various organizations and civic groups.
She is a mom with three grown children, a grandmother, and married to Joe Jesse Sanchez, a retired educator and a current Alamo Colleges District Trustee.