Andrea Nocito has years of experience helping start-ups, developers, and family-owned businesses grow their market share, shrink their operational costs, obtain regulatory approvals, and secure funding. While working for the Institute for Economic Development and City of San Antonio, she specifically served woman and minority – owned companies. As an attorney with Garcia & Gurney, Andrea supports businesses by advising on their transactions, intellectual property, and real estate matters.
Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts in English Communication Arts from St. Mary’s University San Antonio, a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco, and a Juris Doctor from Loyola University, New Orleans.
While at Loyola, Andrea completed coursework earning a Certificate in Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. During her third year of law school, she served biotech companies at the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and technology companies at the Propeller Incubator. Andrea was a member of Loyola’s Moot Court program receiving the Judge Sanford Level Award, Runner-Up for Best Appellate Brief out of more than 140 students, and where she led her team to place 3rd out of 65 teams in oral arguments and 8th out of 65 in brief writing both at the 2017 Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.
Andrea was most recently published in 2018 when the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property included her complete law school thesis, Innovators Beat the Climate Change Heat with Humanitarian Licensing and Patent Pools. The article explores how the expansion of specifically-crafted intellectual property protections can and should by used to adopt wide-scale implementation of clean technology.
In 2012, the San Antonio Business Journal named Andrea a 40 Under 40 Rising Star recognizing her commitment to the success of the San Antonio business community, and for her volunteer contributions including her $10,000 in fundraising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Andrea enjoys volunteering with the Cleantech Open, running half marathons, and spending quality time with her techie husband and their pup in Silicon Valley.