Andrea Danese received her BA in English (along with a minor in Biology) from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in the late 1980s. From there she moved to New York City where she pursued becoming a book editor. Starting as an editorial assistant at a small publisher, she worked her way up and eventually landed at Harry N. Abrams, Inc., where she was senior editor for the last thirteen years. In 2007 she was asked to take on an intriguing book about the famed 1980s nightclub Area, and had her first meeting with Eric and Jennifer Goode. While at Abrams, Andrea published close to 75 titles, all large-format, illustrated coffee-table books, in a wide array of subjects, including photography, art, fashion, science and nature, architecture, and music. Among her science/nature books are such titles as Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century; Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life; Desert Air; The Circle of Life: Wildlife on the African Savannah; Predator: Life and Death in the African Bush; and Underwater Eden.
Personally, she has been in love with nature and wildlife since as far back as she can remember, and her two-week vacation in Kenya (Nairobi, Lake Natron, Maasai Mara, and Lamu) in 2007 was a lifelong dream come true. She has worked with animals as a volunteer at the ASPCA, the New York Therapeutic Riding Center, and most recently at the Wild Bird Fund, Manhattan’s first and only wildlife rehabilitation clinic, established in 2012.