Andrea Nevins was born and raised in New York City. After majoring in Social Studies at Harvard University, where she took a variety of visual arts classes, she pursued a career in journalism, working with NPR's All Things Considered, the New York Times, and directing and producing several award- winning hour-long programs for ABC News, A&E, NBC, and Lifetime.

Andrea has produced, directed and written for documentary film, television news, public radio and newspapers for over 25 years. Her first independent documentary, Still Kicking, earned an Academy Award nomination. The 38-minute short chronicled the experiences of former dancers getting back on stage in their golden years. After a hiatus to have three children, Nevins partnered with Cristan Reilly to tell the story of aging punk rocker's turned fathers in The Other F Word, which served as the genesis of Rare Bird Films. Since then, with her Rare Bird partners, she has written and directed for Peter Berg's HBO series, "State of Play", and her film, Play It Forward, about two brothers at mid-life as their dreams and sacrifices for NFL glory collide, was selected to open 2015's ESPN/Tribeca Film Festival and was shown on Showtime. Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie, a Hulu Original Documentary, premiered in April 2018.