Donna Lee Andrews founded Lee Andrews Group in 1993. She started one of the first black, minority-woman owned firms in Los Angeles. Donna was a tireless advocate for strengthening community by creating opportunities for women, minorities and the disadvantaged. Keenly aware of the enormous impact that the environment has on the quality of life within communities, she used her expertise to assist with environmental mitigation measures, to guide land-use and development projects through the municipal approval process, and to educate and unify communities around environmental and coastal issues.
As a result, Lee Andrews Group has been providing community outreach, government relations and environmental services to large scale public-private partnership projects for over 28 years throughout the State of California.
Donna Andrews was affiliated with a host of community, civic and business endeavors, including serving as Board Vice President for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-LA), Board Parliamentarian for the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC), and former Board President of the City of Los Angeles South Area Planning Commission. She coordinated environmental justice and public participation activities in support of Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/EIR), and served on the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Infrastructure Advisory Committee and the Coalition for Clean Air. Likewise, she had a profound interest in transportation projects throughout Southern California and served as a former Commissioner for the California High Speed Rail Authority for over 10 years.
Donna was never one to be put off by someone with a difference of opinion; rather she welcomed various perspectives. She was an innovative and dynamic leader with a brilliant capacity for complex issues. Forever humble, Donna delighted in competition yet was meek in victory. Her exuberant personality and her beautiful smile will be missed greatly.
In 2013 at 52 years of age, Donna passed away due to complications of a heart condition. Stephanie Graves, the current CEO of Lee Andrews Group since 2013, was a close friend of Donna Andrews.