Andrea Dean, MBA is a writer and local foods advocate.
A native New Yorker, Andrea began her professional career in Hawaii in 1989, when she was 23 years old. At that time, she was a part of the nascent Permaculture movement in Hawaii and learned about food self-sufficiency and community organizing from the ground up. Andrea has spearheaded numerous local food and farming projects and has worked as a consultant to NGO’s and businesses under the auspices of her company, Sustainable Initiatives. She is currently Strategic and Community Partnerships Manager at Hōkū Nui Maui, a 258-acre regenerative farming community on Maui.
Andrea’s essays and articles have been published in national and Hawaii-based publications.
Andrea is deeply committed to her spiritual growth and views writing as a way to harvest one’s experiences, and ready the soil for planting new seeds. Dean’s sustainability and spiritual paths converge in her upcoming book God, Sex and Going Green, a collection of essays that tell the story of a New York girl becoming a woman in Hawaii—navigating relationships with men, plants, community, children and chickens—over a span of twenty-five years.