Andrea Gonzalez is a third year architecture and graphic design student, and is proud to be back in her hometown, Buffalo, after 21 years of living in Mexico. As an active member of the West Side neighborhood, Andrea channeled her love for the community through WEDI Buffalo, where she volunteered to give back by leading the implementation of a “Buffalo Billion” program to revitalize the Niagara and Grant Streets commercial corridors. She has secured a summer internship to work at the City of Buffalo’s Department of Strategic Planning, hoping to positively impact the region by developing affordable and sustainable building solutions throughout Western New York. Upon graduation, Andrea plans to continue her studies with a dual master’s degree in architecture (specializing in real estate development) and an MBA at UB in order to start a not-for-profit organization to help promote homeownership among disadvantaged families. She is a member of the Hispanic Women’s League of Western New York, Collegiate Leadership Institute of the Society of Women Engineers, and currently serves as the secretary and director of communications of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students Chapter at UB. When she is not attending classes, she enjoys bike rides around Buffalo and drinking coffee from local roasters.