At Princeton she majored in civil engineering and lived in Forbes College her freshman and sophomore years. She was a member of the Society of Black Engineers, serving in a variety of capacities including president. She participated in the Gospel Choir and was an active member of the Third World Center.
After Princeton she began her lifelong employment with the City of Newark. She was the first female African American engineer assigned to the Department of Engineering, Division of Water Supply. She worked her way up the ranks to become the Director of the Newark Department of Water and Sewer Utilities in 2014.
Andrea had been involved in a number of civic and community groups, including the Girl Scouts, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the East Orange Rams Football Association. She was known for her big heart, beautiful smile, dedication, toughness, and compassion.
She is survived by her husband, Akinwumi; her children, Ambyre, Akin, and Aaron; her stepchildren, Adejoke and Adeyinka; her grandson, Jeremiah, her mother, Bertha; and brothers Eddie and Stewart.