Andrea Cockrum has been a supporter of the arts since living in New York in the mid-1960s. During her career with United Airlines in Chicago, Washington, DC and Los Angeles, and later in positions at UCLA and The Fulfillment Fund, she has created a life filled with both a passion for the arts as well as for disabled and underserved children in our education system in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Under her leadership as the Founding CEO of The Fulfillment Fund, the organization received the “Spirit of Mentoring” Award by the California Mentor Initiative as the best community-based mentoring program in the state of California. The organization was also recognized as one of 177 “Promising Practices,” according to the President’s Initiative on Race.
Ms. Cockrum was recognized in 1999 by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a Dodger Hometown Hero, and a year later, she received a Women of Achievement Award presented by the Century City Chamber of Commerce. She received special recognition by The League of Women Voters in 2001. And along with Frank Gehry, she was named a “Treasure of Los Angeles” by the Central City Association of Los Angeles. In 2007, the National College Access Network presented her with a Board Leadership Award of Excellence.
Andrea continues her commitment to nonprofit leadership as a board member of A Thousand Joys as well as Playwright’s Arena and Health Delivery International. She also serves on The Conductor’s Circle of The Harmony Project, she is President of the Board of New Designs Charter Schools, and she is a member of The Founders Circle of The Fulfillment Fund.