Who We Are

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 40 years of government experience and over 50 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.

 

Hope Andrade

Hope@andradevdp.com

Hope Andrade
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 Texas Workforce Commissioner, Texas 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 14 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 90 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, she was inducted into the San Antonio Business Hall of Fame, and was most recently inducted into the Texas Transportation Hall of Honor.

Leticia Van de Putte

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.


Associates

Alexis Fonseca

Alexis@andradevdp.com

Before joining Andrade-Van de Putte & Associates, Alexis worked for the Texas Legislature for 10 years, having served as a staff member, communication assistant, and District Director for Senator Leticia Van de Putte.

She also was the Compliance Director for Senator Van de Putte’s state and local campaigns.

Alexis previously worked for the Department of Justice, both in San Antonio, Texas and Washington, D.C.

Alexis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, a Master’s degree in Administration/Communications, and doctoral studies in Organizational Leadership.


Geraldine Garcia

Geraldine@andradevdp.com

Geraldine J. Garcia retired from the San Antonio Police Department as Assistant Chief of Police in 2016, after 34 years. In that leadership role, Chief Garcia, 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 third term for District 5 on the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women.   Geraldine is also a Career and Technical Education Instructor (Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Program) in the East Central Independent School District.


Chairman Jim Keffer

Jim@andradevdp.com

Jim 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.

During his prominent legislative career, Representative Keffer was a recognized leader among his peers. In just his fourth term in the House, Keffer was selected as Chairman of the House Economic Development Committee. During the 78th Session, he worked with his Democratic colleagues to usher in several business reforms as well as establish the Texas Enterprise Fund, which is the main economic development tool used by the Governor to attract and retain businesses for the state.

Representative Keffer also earned a reputation as a powerful advocate for rural communities, he led efforts to reform the education system, eliminate Medicaid fraud, and provide additional financial security for retired teachers.

During Chairman Keffer’s tenure as Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee he successfully passed bills that created revenue sources for our public schools by reforming the state’s business tax, created the Enterprise Fund, and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute (CPRIT).

He capped off his successful legislative career as Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. As chair, he played a key role in the passage of historic legislation to fund the State Water Plan. He served three terms as chair of the Energy Resources Committee; moreover, he chaired the Select Committee on

Property Tax Relief, and he served as both chair and vice chair of the Economic Development Committee and as a member of numerous other committees, including Business and Industry, Redistricting, and Pensions and Investments.

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 and 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 44 years, have three grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.


Gerald Lee

Gerald@andradevdp.com

Gerald Lee has over 25 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.

Gerald is the former owner of Lee Public Affairs. In that capacity, Gerald represented 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 is well versed in doing 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 currently serves on the Boards of the University Health System Foundation and Ride Connect Texas. Gerald is a member of the Rotary Club of San Antonio. He is a past board member of the Symphony Society of San Antonio, Lifetime Recovery, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Antonio, San Antonio State Hospital Volunteer Council, and American Lung Association.


Minerva Abrego-Sanchez

minerva@andradevdp.com

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 as 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 most recently was appointed to the Board of Port San Antonio, a public entity and major asset driving San Antonio’s economic growth and home to over 14,000 jobs. She has received numerous awards and recently was awarded the Women of Distinction-Texas Women Making a Difference, by the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce.

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.


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