Andel Koester
Director

Andel deploys data, technology, and evidence-based policy to strengthen organizations and local communities.

Andel
ABOUT

As Director at Karp Strategies, Andel leverages more than 15 years of experience empowering nonprofits, local government, and business leaders to use data, technology, and evidence-based public policy to solve society’s most pressing challenges. Prior to joining Karp Strategies, Andel worked with large corporate clients at FSG to develop their corporate social responsibility strategies; launched and led the impact and data strategy for Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative; and managed IBM signature philanthropic programs the Smarter Cities Challenge and City Forward. She also serves as an advisor to the civic tech start-up mySidewalk. Her work has won awards from the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and USDA, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, and a Webby. Andel holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in International Studies from Emory University, and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in New York. She is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in German and French. Andel can often be found running in the nearest park, catching an international flight, or enjoying an off-Broadway play.

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AREAs of expertise
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Economic & Community Development

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Policy Design, Development & Analysis

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Data Collection & Analysis

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Strategic Planning

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Communication Strategy

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Program Operations & Execution