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Andy Lerner

For most of his career, Andy has been a serial entrepreneur. He was the founding CEO of two different data and analytics companies: Trust Metrics and Urban Data Solutions. In between those two startups, he was the cofounder of digital media strategy and development firm, Format Studio. Before going out on his own, he served as vice-president of Time Warner Electronic Publishing in the 1990s, where he was involved in the first days of the transition of traditional print media properties to digital platforms. Early in his career, Andy was an editor and writer. He wrote three children’s books and was the editor of multiple children’s magazines working extensively with a variety of Disney brands, Little League Baseball and Columbia Pictures. He was also an editor at large for Sports Illustrated for Kids.

In the nonprofit world, he was a founding board member of The Bronx Charter School For Children, a K-5 charter school in the South Bronx section of New York City (and the lowest income Congressional District in the United States).

Andy received an MBA from the Columbia Business School. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Since the summer of 2015, Andy has focused his energy in the nonprofit sector. He has provided management consulting to organizations such as educational start-up, LRNG, and Planned Parenthood of Illinois (where he is now a board member). He also developed a startup that creates and manages social video focused on improving communications between the police and community members in Chicago. He has also served as a board member of Kindling Group, a documentary film organization based in Chicago.

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