Andrea D. Friedman is the senior policy advisor for reproductive health programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Friedman oversees the National Partnership’s reproductive health strategy and advocacy work. Prior to joining the organization, she served as counsel and legislative assistant to Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D – N.J.) covering foreign affairs, defense, homeland security, veterans affairs and trade. Friedman staffed Senator Lautenberg on the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, where he successfully introduced amendments in committee to permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule (also known as the Mexico City Policy), and secured exceptions to the Peace Corps’ abortion ban in the committee-approved bill. She also successfully advocated to secure the provision of emergency contraception by USAID health programs.
Friedman has worked as an international human rights lawyer with a focus on women's rights and peace and security. She was founding vice president of the Global Justice Center, a New York-based international human rights organization that works with leaders in countries in transition to embed international legal guarantees for gender equality. Before that, she was program manager at the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
A term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Friedman has been published numerous times and been a regular presenter on gender issues, women, peace and security, and international law, leading trainings around the world, including in Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Senegal and Jordan.
Friedman received her Bachelor of Arts in political science summa cum laude from Tufts University, where she delivered the commencement address, and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where she was a founder and the first president of the Harvard Chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice.