Hope Andrade has always had the heart of an entrepreneur. After starting her career at IBM, Hope took a risk, and with goal of providing a better future for her family at the forefront of her mind, she decided to open a business of her own.
For nearly three decades, Hope successfully launched three highly regarded and profitable companies that provided medical and non-medical care in the home, capitalizing on the growth in the home healthcare industry and building a company from the ground up. She developed the concept, strategy, and business plan, launched operations, and led all phases of growth, migrating and expanding the business from in-home childcare to non-medical and medical elder care to hospice.
In addition to being an entrepreneur who has created, grown, and sold three high growth companies, Hope has also had an expansive career in state government having served as Texas' 107th Secretary of State, the first Latina to serve in this position, Texas Workforce Commissioner, and Texas Department of Transportation Commissioner.
With a deep understanding of both the private and public sector, Hope brings a broad business perspective with expertise in healthcare, transportation, workforce, and economic development. Hope has held multiple leadership roles in civic and community organizations, is the recipient of numerous personal, business, and community awards and recognitions, and is a determined and proactive ambassador for local and national economic development.
Most recently, Hope has played an integral role in the co-founding and operating success of GO RIO San Antonio River Cruises, which was awarded the ten-year contract from the City of San Antonio to operate the river barges and concessions on the historic San Antonio River Walk.
She also is Co-Founder and Chief Strategic Officer of Andrade-Van de Putte & Associates, which is a bipartisan consulting firm focused on bridging the gap between government entities and the business community. She currently serves on the Alamo Trust Board and as Chair of the Alamo Management Committee.