Mary Catherine Andrews

  • Spring 2010

Mary Catherine (M.C.) Andrews is a senior advisor on communications, management and international affairs for ViaNovo, L.P.  Andrews manages projects in the aerospace, NGO and public sectors, and focuses on projects with international scope.  Andrews also served as senior advisor to the President and the Chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Andrews was Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Global Communications from 2003 to 2005 and served as deputy director during the start up of that office.  From the 2001 inauguration until August 2002, Andrews was the Director for Democracy on the National Security Council staff at the White House.

Before joining the Bush-Cheney Transition Team, Andrews managed the Aspen Strategy Group, where she developed programs and wrote papers for a bipartisan group of senior foreign policy leaders. 

Andrews started programs in the former Yugoslavia and Albania at the International Republican Institute in 1990, and developed and managed those programs until 1993.  Andrews served as the Country Advisor to the Central Europe Director at the World Bank (1993-1994) and the Elections Director for the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe.  In 1995 and 1996, Andrews lived in Macedonia and instituted a new management structure for the Open Society Institute Macedonia.  In addition, Andrews developed and evaluated programs for the International Foundation for Election Systems (1997-1999).  From 1986 to 1990, she served in various capacities on the Washington, D.C. staff of former U.S. Rep. Cass Ballenger (R-NC). 

Andrews has observed more than 25 elections in 12 countries and written eight books on democratic development in Central and East Europe.  Andrews is originally from Gastonia, North Carolina, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hollins College and a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Mary Catherine Andrews’ Study Group:


“Can You Hear Me Now?” American Public Diplomacy

Day: Tuesdays
Time: 4:00-5:30PM
Location: Faculty Dining Room (FDR)

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