Andrea is an award-winning writer, content strategist and media maven with more than 25 years of experience.
She has inked several articles on topics ranging from general business to high-technology, life sciences, energy/clean technology, defense/military, health care, education and popular culture. As part of her role at UC San Diego, Andrea helped promote the Jacobs School of Engineering as one of the top engineering schools in the United States through various collaborative PR efforts.
As a seasoned business writer, Andrea helped launch a financial services industry trade magazine called Best Practices magazine. While earning a B.A. in journalism from San Diego State University, she learned the quality broadcasting ropes at KPBS radio, where she became a freelance reporter. These days, she combines traditional journalism writing with new media. Andrea has exceptional written/oral communication skills and can articulate easily understandable and compelling content. She also loves everything social media and has developed and implemented successful campaigns via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
While deadline writing feeds her addiction to Cheez-Its, Andrea also fuels her creativity with surfing, yoga, hiking, and camping.
Salt Water Media Sister Mary Mills
Mary Mills’ mantra is “Spellcheck is not your friend.” With a sharp eye and creative flair, Mary harnesses her copyediting and proofreading skills to help clients produce crisp and clean copy, and to catch mistakes often not found through spellcheck. Her wordsmithing skills have landed her gigs with large companies such as Mattel, BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP and Big 5 Sporting Goods. Mary – who holds an M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University and a B.A. in English from Whitman College – specializes in copyediting and proofreading large and small documents, such as brochures, white papers, technical manuals, web site copy, legal documents, newsletters and ads. The former part-time English instructor has also penned various articles for publications such as The Inertia, SurfMeisters Blog, Liquid Salt magazine and The Skateboarder’s Journal. Her musings on the Southern California surf experience can be found on her blog “Black People Don’t Surf.”
Before launching her 14-year publishing career, Mary, who earned a J.D. from Loyola Law School, spent 15 years working for some of the top law firms in Los Angeles, mainly doing paralegal work, deposition digests and proofreading.
To release some steam and to keep her creative juices flowing, Mary gets her kicks surfing, skateboarding and playing the drums.