Andrew Gounardes is a proud product of the neighborhood where he was born and raised: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. His father, a dentist, and mother, a public school teacher, brought up Andrew and his siblings with a strong commitment to serving their community. From a young age, Andrew was involved in his local parish, Holy Cross, serving as an altar boy and as a member of Boy Scout Troop 715, where he eventually earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Andrew has ten years experience in government, public policy, and the non-profit sector. As an aide to City Council Member Vincent Gentile, he worked to get things done for his neighbors: helping seniors apply for heating assistance, getting potholes fixed and resolving tenant/landlord disputes. While earning his law degree, he served as a legislative aide to United States Senator Robert Menendez, tackling important issues like veterans' benefits and child support enforcement. Most recently, he worked at Citizens Committee for New York City, a non-profit that gives grants to community groups improving their neighborhoods.
Last year, Andrew was a candidate for the New York State Senate. Today, he is an attorney in private practice and serves on Brooklyn Community Board 10. Andrew is also a proud graduate of Fort Hamilton High School, CUNY Hunter College, and The George Washington University Law School.