Born and raised in Monona, Andrew attended school in the Monona Grove School District and earned spending money by mowing neighbors’ lawns, waking up early to deliver papers, and teaching swim lessons at the Monona Community Pool. After graduating from high school, Andrew earned his bachelor's degree from Ripon College before heading to Gettysburg, PA, to start his development career in higher education. While working, he earned his Master of Education from Vanderbilt University.
After working at liberal arts colleges for six years, Andrew joined the county commissioners in Montgomery County, PA, working to provide residents with greater accessibility to human services, increase public safety measures, develop systems to reduce recidivism rates for ex-offenders, acquire alternative energy vehicles for the county’s fleet, and also helped to implement the county’s first-ever zero-based budget.
In 2014, Andrew moved back to Monona with his wife, Laura, and their dog, Bodie, where they see the value of a connected and supportive community. Andrew currently works at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association as a director of development.
First elected in 2016, Andrew served two terms as Alder on the Monona City Council, choosing not to seek a third term in 2020. During his tenure, his committee assignments included Finance & Personnel, Community Development Authority, Tourism (chaired), Parks & Recreation (chaired), Public Safety, Library Board, and Sustainability. While serving, Andrew pushed for the City of Monona to lead by example. He led the council to establish paid family leave and paid family care for city employees, supported sustainability initiatives, was active in supporting the city’s impacted residents during the 2018 flood, and voted to adopt a Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements Plan for the city which will create safer routes to schools and safer multimodal travel throughout the city. The city continued strengthening its financial foundation by keeping a large fund balance, reducing debt, increasing redevelopment, and decreasing borrowing. The City of Monona is well poised for the future, including plans for a new public safety building.