Secretary of State
On 20. Mai 2020 Andrea Mayer was sworn in by Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen as Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport.
Andrea Mayer has many years of experience as a top civil servant, and in particular has a great knowledge of the Austrian arts and culture landscape in all of its aspects – from highbrow culture to the independent scene.
She studied German Philology and History, and completed a degree in Law at the University of Vienna. Her career in the civil service began in the 1990s in various high level positions in the office of Minister Rudolf Scholten and in the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts. In 2007 she was appointed head of the Arts Division at the then Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture (from 2014 in the Federal Chancellery). Due to the restructuring of the divisions in 2015, Andrea Mayer took on the field of culture as well alongside that of the arts. Most recently, she worked as Head of the Austrian President’s Office under President Alexander van der Bellen since 2017.
As a result of her work various on various supervisory boards, such as that of the Austrian Gallery at Belvedere Palace, the Bregenz and Salzburg festivals and in the Konzerthaus in Vienna, she has obtained comprehensive insights into the structures of the private sector in the field of culture.
In all of her functions, a lively exchange with artists in all fields was and is of particular importance to her.