Andrew is an organizer, facilitator, and business developer who believes in the power of communities and workplaces to govern themselves. A lifelong resident of Buffalo's West Side, Andrew has 10+ years' experience assisting cooperatives, social enterprises, independent small business owners, and frontline community organizations with planning and management decisions, financial strategy, governance, group dynamics, and conflict resolution. As a business advisor for the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Buffalo State, they launched the Social Enterprise Center, a project to support small businesses pursuing a triple bottom line. Andrew previously organized and advocated for independent businesses as President and Program Director of Buffalo First, helping to shift public opinion, public policy, purchasing dollars and community investment into Buffalo's local economy. Nationally, they serve as a representative to the Seed Commons General Assembly and as a member of the Seed Commons Sustainability Committee, which makes lending decisions for the cooperative.