Andrea Klausner is a graduate of New York University School of Law and a retired member of the New York State Bar. Andrea devoted her career to the advancement of civil rights and social justice. Until 2014, Andrea was the Deputy Executive Director of Westchester Residential Opportunities (WRO), White Plains, NY, a nonprofit fair housing organization dedicated to the expansion of equal and affordable housing opportunities for the residents of the lower Hudson Valley of New York. Her responsibilities included program and staff management, the advancement of our mission through advocacy, education and enforcement, and strategic planning/development for the organization. In that role, she also collaborated with HUD and the Federally court-appointed housing monitor to supervise and advance the terms of the consent decree in United States v. Westchester County, New York, 2nd Circuit, 2013, a lawsuit brought against Westchester County for violations of the False Claims Act for failing to affirmatively further fair housing while accepting community development block grant funding. While at WRO, Andrea was also the co-founder of the New Castle Task Force on Fair and Affordable Housing.
Before coming to WRO, Andrea was the CEO and Founding Partner of Grantworks, a consulting firm that specialized in securing grants for nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, Andrea was the House Counsel and Associate Legal Director, National Affairs Department, of the American Jewish Committee, New York, New York. There, she handled all in-house matters relating to corporate, real estate, intellectual property, and bequests, as well as advocated and lobbied on a variety of First Amendment and human rights issues, including religious freedom, church-state separation, anti-discrimination, immigrant and refugee rights, freedom of the press, women’s rights and LGBTQ rights.
Currently a resident of Remsenburg, Andrea is active in a variety of civic, political and nonprofit organizations. Andrea currently serves on the Southampton Anti-Bias Task Force; the Southampton Democratic Committee; the Southampton Progressive Caucus; Neighbors in Support of Immigrants (NISI); and the steering committee for an Interfaith/Intergroup Network in formation by Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor. She is also a Board Member of the East End Arts Association and is its current Gala Chair.
When she is not engaged in trying to fix the world, Andrea enjoys photography, writing, travel, knitting and spending time with her growing family.