Evandra Catherine was born January 1, 1983, in Suffolk Virginia, she was raised in the Midwest. She currently lives in Richmond, Virginia. Evandra Catherine is not only a veteran of public service, she is a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force. Stationed at the Pentagon during her five years of service, Ms. Catherine was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for “Acts of Courage” during the terrorist attack against the Pentagon on September 11th 2001.
Upon moving to Richmond Virginia, Evandra, Attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in African American Studies. She continued her education with a Masters of Public Administration from Strayer University. Seeking to take her commitment to public service to a higher level, Evandra Catherine campaigned for the Virginia House of Delegates seat in June of 2013 during the Democratic Primary in Virginia’s 63rd House District at the age of 30. During that bid to upset the favored and entrenched incumbent who is now a State Senator, Catherine grabbed headlines and the attention of the political establishment by narrowly missing victory by only 270 votes. It was during that historic grassroots campaign that Evandra Catherine discovered her talent for public speaking and her ability to earnestly connect with her constituents. This personal discovery was also noticed by local government officials as she was promptly offered a position as an analyst.
She is currently enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University pursuing her PhD in Special Education and Disability Policy. The organizer of several socio-political marches and rallies, Evandra Catherine is a community activist, advocate and highly sought public speaker. Of all the hats she wears the one she is proudest to don is that of the mother of a child with autism.