As Director of Global Communications at 100 Resilient Cities, Andrew leads the organization’s diverse team of communications experts. Operating across six continents and 100 cities, the 100RC Communications team provides strategic communications guidance and expertise not just to the organization, but to the cities, Chief Resilience Officers, partners, and mayors that comprise the 100RC Network. Throughout his time at 100RC, Andrew has served as a strategic communications and political adviser to 100RC Network members as they successfully create, release, and implement their citywide Resilience Strategies. His work has resulted in thousands of media hits for 100RC and its cities, including outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg, CityLab, and the Guardian, helping to further instill resilience into the mainstream and position 100RC as the preeminent organization focused on building urban resilience around the world.
Prior to 100RC, Andrew served as an Assistant Vice President at Widmeyer Communications – A Finn Partners Company, leading work for numerous education and philanthropic clients, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Nobel Laureate James Heckman, and the First Five Years Fund. He also previously served as a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton where he provided communications and consulting support to several U.S. Department of Defense clients, and as a Senior Associate at Kennedy Communications, a Washington, DC-based boutique political communications firm, providing strategic communications guidance and qualitative political research. Andrew began his career in the Democratic campaign world, volunteering and working on various campaigns, including for the New York State Democratic Party in 2006 and Obama for America in 2007-08
Brenner holds an MPA from Cornell University, where he was a Teacher’s Assistant to the late Prof. Theodore Lowi and Graduate Assistant at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. 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.