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Andrea T. Vavonese

Chair, NCFA Board of Directors

Andrea T. Vavonese brings decades of leadership and advocacy work and a strong commitment to supporting the needs of children to NCFA’s board.  Through her work with NCFA, first as a volunteer providing pro-bono advocacy services and then as a member of the board, Ms. Vavonese has contributed to NCFA’s mission by advocating for improved federal adoption legislation, developing corporate partnerships to educate on adoption processes, and deploying strategies to expand awareness about adoption-related issues.

In addition to serving on the board of directors for the National Council DFor Adoption, Ms. Vavonese has been involved with several other non-profit organizations that focus on the care, education and inclusion of children, including those with special needs. Her most rewarding and challenging role has been as an adoptive and biological parent, with her husband Dan, to two inspiring daughters.

Ms. Vavonese serves as Deputy General Counsel for Peraton, a national security and technology solutions company. Prior to joining Peraton, Ms. Vavonese served as Division Counsel for Northrop Grumman Corporation, Senior Counsel with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP and as litigation counsel for VeriSign, Inc.

Ms. Vavonese received her B.S. in accounting from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1991, where she remains actively involved in the Alumni Council Career Committee. She became a certified public accountant in 1993. She received her J.D. magna cum laude in 1997 from the Catholic University of America, where she was a member of the Catholic University Law Review.

Ms. Vavonese became chair of the NCFA board of directors on May 1, 2024.