Andrew brings a diverse background and needed perspectives to the Minneapolis City Council:
- The first IT professional ever elected to the body
- The first Millennial elected to the body
- Experience as a small business owner
- Experience from a large Fortune 50 organization
- Experience as a neighborhood leader
Prior to being elected onto the City Council, Andrew worked at Target Corporation as a systems engineer for several Information Technology teams focused on productivity, business analytics, and innovation. His passion for technology extended after-hours, where through his small business he developed a video streaming platform for a national educational non-profit. Andrew also created an interactive website concept of a “taxpayer receipt” to explore the federal budget, which resulted in national attention, a partnership with Google, and the concept being replicated by the Obama administration.
Education and community:
While at Target, Andrew pursued an associate degree in communications (graduating with a 4.0 GPA) and was elected to serve on the board of directors for the largest neighborhood association in Minneapolis (Longfellow Community Council). In his second year of serving on the board, his peers elected him as president. Through that experience he discovered a passion for bringing people together to solve problems within our community. This inspired him to run for City Council, where he could apply his engineer-mindset to the civic challenges facing Minneapolis.
Minneapolis City Council:
In 2013, at 29 years old, Andrew was elected to the Minneapolis City Council, the only full-time municipal governing body in Minnesota. In the eight years since, he has led huge legislative changes, collaborated on billion-dollar budgets, and learned how to work effectively with diverse leaders across an approximately 4,200 employee enterprise with many different business lines. Along the way, he was elected by his peers as majority leader, which includes serving on the Executive Committee, and helped mentor multiple staff into becoming elected officials.
He has earned a reputation as being a thoughtful, data-driven, and innovative leader. His team is focused on providing a high-level of constituent service to the more than 30,000 residents of Ward 12.
Andrew lives in the Howe neighborhood with his wife Sara, their son Elliott, and dog Rosie. When not busy serving the community or spending time with family, Andrew enjoys being active outdoors, is always trying to learn something new (including taking up new hobbies), reads non-fiction books, and enjoys gardening.