Children’s Advocate & Philanthropist
Andrea Harner is a passionate children’s advocate. Previously she worked as a Senior Strategic Adviser for Darkness to Light, focusing on fundraising and social behavior and change communication initiatives. She is also an Authorized Facilitator for the organization’s child sexual abuse prevention training program Stewards of Children®, and holds regular trainings to teach parents, organizations, and concerned adults best practices for protecting children. While completing her masters degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College in New York City, she worked as a Clinical Forensic Specialist at the Safe Horizon Staten Island Child Advocacy Center. In that role, Harner provided counseling to children who had been abused and to their non-offending caregivers. She was also trained as a forensic interviewer of children. She took a break from direct service work to raise her twin boys – during which time she discovered her love for interior design and joined Homepolish as an Interior Designer. Though her calling continues to be safeguarding children, she balances her advocacy work with occasional interior design projects. She also recently co-executive produced the documentary series Lorena, which has re-ignited the national dialogue on domestic violence. She lives in Los Angeles near her beloved Griffith Park where she enjoys hiking with her husband Jonah Peretti and their 9 year old twin boys and their twin puppies.