Since August of 2006, Andrew has been the Executive Director of Worksystems, Inc., a regional policy and investment organization focused on improving the quality of the workforce in the City of Portland, Washington and Multnomah counties. He brings over 20 years of workforce development experience to Worksystems and has been engaged with workforce and human service programs and policy at the national, state and local levels.
Prior to joining Worksystems, Andrew started two successful non-profit organizations and worked as a consultant offering a variety of management and organizational development services. He is a recognized expert in workforce program development and performance management and is a frequent speaker at national, state and regional events. He is active on several local and state Boards and is the current Chair of the Oregon Workforce Partnership and the Vice Chair of the US Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council.
He has an undergraduate degree in finance and is a certified six-sigma black belt. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree, Andrew worked for two years as a paralegal for an international law firm concentrating on complex corporate litigation. In this role, Andrew learned the basics of contracts law and engaged in a variety situations involving contract questions and disputes.
Andrew has a Master’s degree with a dual concentration in Economics and Public Policy from Roosevelt University. During graduate school, Andrew worked as a Contract Negotiator for the City of Chicago with a focus on design, aviation and engineering projects. In this role, he oversaw the City’s procurement process, including development of project specifications and related documents, proposal/bid evaluation, contractor selection and final contract negotiations. Fundamental to this role, Andrew ensured compliance with all local, state and federal procurement and related laws, including the City’s minority and women business participation requirements. During his tenure with the City, Andrew oversaw more than a half billion in contract activity, including the expansion of the United Terminal at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.
The core of Worksystems business is to pursue and invest resources to improve the quality of the regional workforce. Direct services are delivered through a network of contracted providers, including community colleges, businesses, labor organizations, government agencies and community-based organizations. All Worksystems’ procurements are conducted in accordance with Federal and State public procurement rules and regulations. Since becoming the Executive Director, Andrew has overseen the contracting of more than $125 million in resources to a variety of organizations across the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Area.