Andrea Anderson

Andrea Anderson was appointed Public Service Commissioner of the Public Service Commission in March 2021.


Andrea has more than 30 years of experience as a human resources professional and a passion for diversity and inclusion work.

Andrea began her career as a facilitator of race relations with the Government of Canada. Since joining the Government of Nova Scotia she’s held many positions within the Public Service Commission.

Most recently, Andrea was the Executive Director of People and Culture, leading a team of professionals responsible for diversity and inclusion, learning and development, and recruitment and selection. She has also led government’s work on anti-black racism and unconscious bias.

Andrea graduated from Acadia Divinity College with a Master of Divinity.

Current role

Public Service Commissioner, Public Service Commission

The public service commissioner is responsible for making sure the Government of Nova Scotia has the human resources needed to manage, create and provide programs and services for citizens.

Responsibilities include:

  • overseeing the development, implementation and evaluation of corporate human resources policies, programs, services and standards
  • overseeing collective bargaining with unions that represent direct government employees
  • providing advice to government on collective bargaining in the broader public service
  • helping create respectful workplaces, corporate diversity and inclusion, organizational effectiveness, psychological health and safety, employee engagement, and employee learning and development

Previous roles

  • Executive Director of People and Culture, Public Service Commission
  • facilitator of race relations, Government of Canada