Meet DeAndrea

DeAndrea Salvador, Democratic Candidate for NC’s 39th Senate District, a 5th generation Charlottean, is running to deliver for the community that instilled the values which direct DeAndrea’s life today.

When DeAndrea is made aware of an issue, or challenge she jumps right in –  takes a measured approach – and finds an innovative effective solution. Currently raising two young boys with her husband, Kirk; her children are a clear reminder of the importance of putting the next generation first.

The founder of a groundbreaking Charlotte-based organization focused on energy efficiency, sustainability, DeAndrea works to improve the community’s most pressing issues including climate, clean air, and energy affordability.  She believes in making commonsense investments into our community. Investments in our failing infrastructure, advocating for affordable–accessible healthcare, and ensuring we are making critical investments in education, are a key focus of this campaign.

DeAndrea is a graduate of Waddell High School, where she served as Class President, as well as UNC Charlotte, where she earned her Economics degree. 

While earning her degree in Economics, DeAndrea worked in economic development and government affairs for organizations like the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and the Electric Power Research Institute.  

When she saw her Charlotte neighbors spending more than 20% of their income on energy expenses, DeAndrea took action and founded RETI, a non-profit focused on helping families sustainably reduce energy costs using smart technology, solar energy, efficiency, and education.  RETI also consulted on the City of Charlotte’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan.

DeAndrea serves on the boards of Clean Air Carolina and Youth Empowered Solutions, and she was on the Mecklenburg County Air Quality Commission for three years.  She is a TED 2018 Fellow and recipient of the UNC Charlotte Young Alumna of the Year Award. DeAndrea was recognized as one of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce’s “30 under 30” and honored as a 2019 AACSB Influential Leader.

She’s devoted to building a brighter future for North Carolina and fighting for the issues that matter most to her district. DeAndrea is focused on delivering for our community and providing leadership for all generations. 

When DeAndrea is made aware of an issue, or challenge she jumps right in –  takes a measured approach – and finds an innovative effective solution. Currently raising two young boys with her husband, Kirk; her children are a clear reminder of the importance of putting the next generation first.

The founder of a groundbreaking Charlotte-based organization focused on energy efficiency, sustainability, DeAndrea works to improve the community’s most pressing issues including climate, clean air, and energy affordability.  She believes in making commonsense investments into our community. Investments in our failing infrastructure, advocating for affordable–accessible healthcare, and ensuring we are making critical investments in education, are a key focus of this campaign.

DeAndrea is a graduate of Waddell High School, where she served as Class President, as well as UNC Charlotte, where she earned her Economics degree. 

While earning her degree in Economics, DeAndrea worked in economic development and government affairs for organizations like the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and the Electric Power Research Institute.  

When she saw her Charlotte neighbors spending more than 20% of their income on energy expenses, DeAndrea took action and founded RETI, a non-profit focused on helping families sustainably reduce energy costs using smart technology, solar energy, efficiency, and education.  RETI also consulted on the City of Charlotte’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan.

DeAndrea serves on the boards of Clean Air Carolina and Youth Empowered Solutions, and she was on the Mecklenburg County Air Quality Commission for three years.  She is a TED 2018 Fellow and recipient of the UNC Charlotte Young Alumna of the Year Award. DeAndrea was recognized as one of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce’s “30 under 30” and honored as a 2019 AACSB Influential Leader.

She’s devoted to building a brighter future for North Carolina and fighting for the issues that matter most to her district. DeAndrea is focused on delivering for our community and providing leadership for all generations. 

DeAndrea is devoted to building a brighter future for North Carolina and fighting for the issues that matter most to her district. 

Awards & Accolades

  • TED 2018 Fellow
  • UNCC Young Alumna of the Year 2018 
  • North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association — 2018 Equity Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce 30 under 30 (2017) 
  • 2019 AACSB Influential Leader
  • Entrepreneur’s Organization Accelerator Member
  • Regional Internet of Things Accelerator Member
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University
  • LEED Green Associate from US Green Building Council

Community Leadership

  • Clean Air Carolina — Board Member
  • Youth Empower Solutions — Board Member
  • National Energy Affordability Coalition — Advisory Council member
  • Ventureprise Advisory Board
  • Mecklenburg County Air Quality Commission 2016-2019 
  • Elsevier Advisory Board 2019

Awards & Accolades

  • TED 2018 Fellow
  • UNCC Young Alumna of the Year 2018 
  • North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association — 2018 Equity Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce 30 under 30 (2017) 
  • 2019 AACSB Influential Leader
  • Entrepreneur’s Organization Accelerator Member
  • Regional Internet of Things Accelerator Member
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University
  • LEED Green Associate from US Green Building Council

Community Leadership

  • Clean Air Carolina — Board Member
  • Youth Empower Solutions — Board Member
  • National Energy Affordability Coalition — Advisory Council member
  • Ventureprise Advisory Board
  • Mecklenburg County Air Quality Commission 2016-2019 
  • Elsevier Advisory Board 2019