Board of Directors
Andrea Wishom joined Skywalker Properties as the chief operations officer in June 2015. As the leader of this diverse organization, she oversees all operations for various entities and business ventures including real estate, family office, archives, media, marketing, and special projects. She also oversees the charitable distributions for the George Lucas Family Foundation and is part of the key strategic counsel and day-to-day lead in the development of the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles. Her experience in managing complex media enterprises in a fast-paced industry positions her well for this new global role.
A veteran award-winning media executive, Wishom joined Skywalker from Harpo Productions, where she launched and developed some of the most successful programming for The Oprah Winfrey Show and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. During her 22 year-career she produced some of Oprah Winfrey’s most memorable and highest-rated productions, including “Oprah’s Farewell at The United Center,” “President Barack and Michelle Obama,” “The Legends Ball” (2005), and “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Legends who Paved the Way” (2014). When Oprah created a new cable network in 2011, Wishom expanded her role and became executive vice president of programming, production, and development and launched its highest-rated show, “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” As executive producer, she managed the teams and budgets to develop and produce interviews that would help establish OWN as a top 30 network in its first year. She would go on to become executive producer of Super Soul Sunday, which won a GLAAD award in 2015.
Wishom was a key strategic leader outside of television as well. When Oprah went on an eight-city arena tour (“Oprah’s Life You Want”), Wishom formed and led the branding and key creative programming for the multi-platform venture.
Recently Wishom joined the advisory board of Spokin, a mobile first platform that quickly and privately connects consumers navigating health issues. She is also on the boards of the George Lucas Educational Foundation (Edutopia) and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.
Wishom grew up in San Francisco and earned her bachelor’s in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, she attended the famed Radcliffe Publishing Course in Cambridge, Mass. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband and three children.