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Andrea Andrade

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Andrea Andrade, vice president, community manager at JPMorgan Chase, sat down with HERLIFE Magazine recently to share her dedication to family and community.

HLM: How long have you lived here? What do you love most?
AA: I have lived in Stockton for 37 years. I love the diversity, food and, most importantly, the people.

HLM: How is your heart inspired to serve the community?
AA: I grew up in south Stockton and learned very young the importance of giving back and how one person’s giving spirit can change lives. I myself had many opportunities throughout my journey to connect with amazing people who saw something special in me and invested their time. I want to make sure that I do the same.

HLM: What sparks joy for you?
AA: My children, husband and hobbies like drawing, gardening and bird watching.

HLM: What’s the greatest life lesson you learned from your mom?
AA: Every mom should give themselves some grace. Raising children can be beautiful and rewarding but it can also be challenging. Allowing room for mistakes and growth is important.

HLM: What’s the best skill learned from your mom?
AA: Cooking. My mom is a great cook and I learned how to cook at a young age. I am thankful for what she taught me because I continue her cooking traditions in my own household.

HLM: What do you love most about being a mom?
AA: I love that all three of my kids are very different and that teaches me something new every day.

HLM: Top three bucket list goals?
AA: To leave the world better than I found it; to help build generational wealth within my family; to visit different parts of the world.

HLM: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
AA: Homeownership.

HLM: Can you describe a key event that had an impact on your life?
AA: Getting an acceptance letter to attend the University of the Pacific. I was the first in my family to attend college and I knew at that moment that my life would never be the same.

HLM: Do you have a favorite quote?
AA: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

HLM: What are you currently reading?
AA: I am currently reading the book Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders.

HLM: Favorite food or dessert?
AA: Carne asada tacos, cheesecake