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The strategic policy and communications needs of our clients depend on thoughtful, innovative approaches and a deep commitment to their issues. At Widmeyer, I have the opportunity to tackle big issues, while working with smart and talented clients and colleagues. My interests lie very much at the intersection of the policy and communications worlds. I am incredibly fortunate to work in an environment that combines both passions in such a meaningful way.
Outside of the office I can be found wandering DC’s Eastern Market, listening to NPR on the weekends or hopelessly believing that the Buffalo Bills can someday win a Super Bowl.
Andrew Brenner is an assistant vice president in Widmeyer’s PreK-12 education practice. Brenner has an eclectic work background in communications, policy and politics – with a passion for smart public policy and effective communications strategies. At Widmeyer, Brenner uses his policy and communication expertise on behalf of the National Center on Education and the Economy, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the First Five Years Fund, among others.
Most recently, Brenner worked as a senior consultant at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where he provided communications and consulting support to several U.S Department of Defense clients. Previously, Brenner was a senior associate at Kennedy Communications, a DC-based boutique political communications firm, providing strategic communications guidance and qualitative political research. At Kennedy, Brenner managed and contributed to accounts across the firm, including paid communications efforts for the American Federation of Teachers, the New Jersey Democratic Party and Joe Sestak for Senate (Pa.).
Brenner also spent time on the ground in the campaign world – for the New York State Democratic Party in 2006 and Obama for America in 2007-08. Brenner holds a master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University, where he was a Teacher’s Assistant to Prof. Theodore Lowi. At Cornell, Brenner also spent time as a Summer Fellow with an NGO in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina helping to develop an international development education initiative.
Brenner graduated cum laude from Le Moyne College with a B.A. in political science. Throughout college and graduate school Brenner was active in journalism and writing – serving as an editor for three separate publications and contributing to numerous professional publications, including The Post Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) and The News Media and the Law magazine