Andrew is a housing, economic development, and land use professional. Between 2018 and 2021, Andrew served as the Director of the DC Office of Planning (DCOP), where he prioritized agency efforts around housing and equity. He shepherded the update of the Comprehensive Plan and led DCOP’s support of Mayor Bowser’s housing efforts. This included a goal of 36,000 new units by 2025, with 12,000 affordable units and area-level affordable housing targets with the goal of achieving a more equitable distribution of affordable housing. Andrew also championed regional coordination, including through his role as Chair of the Planning Directors Technical Committee at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, where he helped formulate regional housing targets.
Prior to joining OP, Andrew was the Chief of Staff at DC’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development where he supported economic development policy and projects and created the Economic Intelligence program to improve the agency’s data and analysis capacity and provide more open and accessible data and analysis. Before joining the District Government, Andrew helped start up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and worked at Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution Fund. Prior to his federal government service, Andrew worked on redevelopment planning and finance for the DC Housing Authority. Andrew holds a Masters in City Planning from MIT and a B.A. from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs.
Andrew is a senior advisor at America Achieves, a nonresident fellow at the Urban Institute, and a visiting faculty member at Georgetown University. You can follow him on Twitter at @trueblood and learn more at trueblood.city.