A Track Record of Working for Stronger Communities
Andrea Merry Freeman is a long-time community leader and 18-year Leominster resident. For 25 years, Andrea has led programs in Massachusetts and across the U.S. to serve people by protecting public health, improving public safety, conserving forests and farmland, creating parks, and slowing climate change.
Andrea grew up on several Air Force bases around the world as her father was a senior avionics technician. Her mother—a registered nurse—spent most of her career helping people with behavioral health problems. Her brother, now a data scientist, is a WPI alum and a decorated combat veteran.
Andrea moved to Leominster in 2003 to help establish theDoyle Park & Conservation Center, the vision of long-time Leominster philanthropist Louise I. Doyle (1912-2007). The Center is a gold-rated green building within 150 acres of conserved land owned by The Trustees of Reservations, all of which is open to the public.
During Andrea’s nine years as a Program Director, the Doyle Center was a hub of activity with workshops, conferences, and outdoor activities that brought conservation leaders and nature-lovers to Leominster from across Massachusetts. Today, the Center provides office space to regional nonprofit organizations, and welcomes thousands of visitors each year to enjoy free access to beautiful urban trails, gardens, and parks.
When Andrea first moved to Leominster, she initially lived near Doyle Field and what was then an abandoned rail corridor. In 2003-2004 she helped launch theTwin Cities Rail Trail Associationwith the vision to link the downtowns of Leominster and Fitchburg with a 4.5-mile paved path. Thanks to the dedication of many, this vision will become a reality by Fall 2022, creating a legacy for generations to enjoy. In 2007 Andrea married the love of her life, who was one of the first people she met in Leominster. Tim Silva, MLS, currently the Director of the Ayer Library, previously was the Head of Adult Services for the Leominster Public Library. They have four godchildren, one niece and five nephews—two of whom lived with Andrea and Tim during much of their high school years.
For several years Andrea was an active board member ofGrowing Places, serving as either Secretary, Treasurer, or Chair. This Leominster-based nonprofit improves access to healthy, affordable foods by teaching climate-sensitive gardening and food preparation; managing community gardens and farmers markets; and advocating for public policies that improve food security.
In 2012, Andrea joined the staff of the Massachusetts Public Health Association. MPHA is a nonprofit organization working for statewide policies and programs that eliminate health inequities and promote healthy communities for everyone. As Field Director, Andrea traveled extensively to help community-based coalitions improve access to transportation, housing, education, jobs, and healthy foods. Andrea managed MPHA’s Policy Council, co-chaired the Regional Transit Authority Advocates Coalition, and served on the Coordinating Team for the Western MA Health Equity Network. In March 2020 Andrea helped launch the MPHA-led emergency Task Force on Coronavirus & Equity, which advocated for rapid and equitable state policies during the pandemic. As MPHA’s Director of Development & Special Projects, Andrea was responsible for growing financial support for MPHA’s vital work from individuals, organizations, and corporate donors.
Andrea earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University in northern New York, which included semesters abroad in Kenya and Russia. She has a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Policy and Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and has benefitted from a variety of professional development opportunities. Before moving to Massachusetts, Andrea was the Director of Training & Conferences for the Land Trust Alliance in Washington DC from 1994 to 2003.
When not working, Andrea and Tim enjoy cycling, hiking, gardening, cooking, and reading. They also like to consume local apples, burritos, and ice cream at every opportunity.
Contact Committee to Elect Andrea Freeman 431 Pleasant St, Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 728-3787