Meet DeAndrea

DeAndrea Salvador, Democratic Incumbent for NC’s 39th Senate District and a 5th generation Charlottean, is running to deliver for the community that instilled the values that strongly direct her 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 and sustainability, DeAndrea works to improve the community’s most pressing quality of life issues, including economic stability/affordability/mobility, safety, clean air, climate, education, and remediating energy burdens.  She believes in being a strong voice for commonsense investments in our community and without relent, works to deliver. Investments in our failing infrastructure, affordable and accessible healthcare, and education optimization in NC are key to her constituents, her community, and her ongoing campaign efforts.

Proud of her Charlotte heritage, DeAndrea is a graduate of E. E. Waddell High School, where she served as Class President, and UNC Charlotte, where she earned her degree in Economics. 

While earning her degree in Economics, DeAndrea worked in economic development and government affairs for organizations such as 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 by way of smart technology, solar energy, efficiency measures, and education.  RETI also consulted on the City of Charlotte’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan.

DeAndrea serves on the boards of Clean Aire Carolina and Youth Empowered Solutions, and she was on the Mecklenburg County DeAndrea serves on the board of Clean Aire Carolina and was previously on the Mecklenburg County Air Quality Commission for several years. Additionally, she has served on the boards of Youth Empowered Solutions, and the America Association of Blacks in Energy. DeAndrea was a 2018 TED fellow, as well as a recipient of the UNC Charlotte Young Alumna of the Year Award. In her cherished Charlotte and broader NC community whom she owes so much, DeAndrea has been recognized as one of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce’s “30 under 30”, honored as a 2019 AACSB Influential Leader, announced as the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Alumni of the Year, and named as a “Woman to Watch” in SouthPark magazine.

Currently, DeAndrea is the youngest member of the NC State Senate and was most recently honored by Governor Roy Cooper and the NC African American Heritage Commission for contributions and leadership in the field of STEM, (science, technology, engineering, and math).

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

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 and sustainability, DeAndrea works to improve the community’s most pressing quality of life issues, including economic stability/affordability/mobility, clean air, climate, education, and remediating energy burdens.  She believes in being a strong voice for commonsense investments in our community and without relent, works to deliver. Investments in our failing infrastructure, affordable and accessible healthcare, and education optimization in NC are key to her constituents, her community, and her ongoing campaign efforts.

Proud of her Charlotte heritage, DeAndrea is a graduate of E. E. Waddell High School, where she served as Class President, and UNC Charlotte, where she earned her degree in Economics. 

While earning her degree in Economics, DeAndrea worked in economic development and government affairs for organizations such as 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 by way of smart technology, solar energy, efficiency measures, and education.  RETI also consulted on the City of Charlotte’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan.

DeAndrea serves on the board of Clean Aire Carolina and was previously on the Mecklenburg County Air Quality Commission for several years. Additionally, she has served on the boards of Youth Empowered Solutions, and the America Association of Blacks in Energy. DeAndrea was a 2018 TED fellow, as well as a recipient of the UNC Charlotte Young Alumna of the Year Award. In her cherished Charlotte and broader NC community whom she owes so much, DeAndrea has been recognized as one of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce’s “30 under 30”, honored as a 2019 AACSB Influential Leader, announced as the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Alumni of the Year, and named as a “Woman to Watch” in SouthPark magazine.

Currently, DeAndrea is the youngest member of the NC State Senate and was most recently honored by Governor Roy Cooper and the NC African American Heritage Commission for contributions and leadership in the field of STEM, (science, technology, engineering, and math).

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

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