Andel Koester
Director

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

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ABOUT
Andel

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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Strategic Planning

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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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Program Operations & Execution

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Communication Strategy