Meet the 2021 GIA Finalists: Andrea Richter-Garry

From prepping the President of the United States before meeting with global dignitaries, to negotiating trade deals for energy supply from the Middle East, to developing the U.S.-Baltic energy engagement plan, Andrea Richter Garry’s resume does not fail to impress. But it is her current role with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) that makes Andrea a finalist for the 2021 Global Impression Award.

As vice president of international engagement, she heads IEDC’s international business development team, which includes 7 international offices around the globe, and manages foreign government relationships for the state of Indiana. Through her role at IEDC, Andrea has shown a commitment to elevating Indiana’s international strategy and global presence through business development opportunities. She has been involved in the planning, execution, and accompaniment of multiple Government-led international missions, as well as several others with the IEDC team. These efforts have led to an increase in the level of foreign direct investment in Indiana and have resulted in new career opportunities for Hoosiers.


Hamline University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Global Studies
Georgetown University, Master of Arts in German and European Studies from the school of Foreign Service


The International School of Indiana, The America China Society of Indiana, Indiana-Germany Business Council, State International Development Organizations (SIDO) and the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association

Recent career highlights:

Andrea has been involved in the IN-STEP program; the first trade export program that has been implemented at the IEDC. The program aims to provide resources for small Hoosier businesses to prepare them to enter global markets. Through the IN-STEP program, Andrea shows her eagerness to increase Hoosiers’ presence on the global stage.

Additionally, Andrea is the key architect for the inaugural Indiana Global Economic Summit, which will help to boost Indiana’s global profile. The summit is scheduled for Spring 2022.

Andrea’s dream for Indiana:

“Why not host the Olympics? If we’re going to be the sports capital of the world, what better than to host everyone here! It brings together (the Hoosier values of) education, volunteerism, and sports.”


Andrea and the two other Global Impression Award finalists will be celebrated at the International Citizen of the Year event on September 14, 2021. Tickets available now!