One of Starting Arts founders and original funders, Andrea Thurber has been drawn to the arts since childhood. Happily proficient in traditional academics, Andrea credits her elementary school education for providing critical art experiences that fostered her emotional as well as intellectual growth. Naturally drawn to the well-ordered disciplines of math and science, Ms. Thurber credits arts education as giving her the confidence to embrace life's uncertainties as challenges to be creatively explored.
Ms. Thurber received her BS in Medical Technology from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNYAB), after which she worked in fields of toxicology research and renal dialysis for several decades. She founded the Las Palmas Dog Park (Sunnyvale) and is a currently a Board member of Starting Arts (San Jose), Mid-Peninsula High School (Menlo Park) and The Century Club of California (San Francisco). She is married with two grown children and continues to sing to maintain her sanity.