Andrew Butcher supports communities around the country in targeting under utilized land as a platform for creativity, health, justice, and resilience.
Andrew is an Executive Fellow at The Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University, a consultant to numerous national non-profits, and was founding CEO of GTECH Strategies - turning an idea in a classroom into a high impact, internationally recognized social enterprise celebrating 10 years in 2017.
Butcher was a Coro Fellow in St. Louis; An Echoing Green Global Fellow; a Hitachi Foundation Social Entrepreneur; and received his Bachelors from American University and his Masters from The Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in Maine, enjoys food metaphors, jumping in cold water, and celebrating parks with his two children and wife Julie Butcher Pezzino. He recently filled over 500 water balloons for game of "mulch hole" (which he invented) to water a newly created community garden on a vacant lot.
As Executive Fellow, Butcher is helping advance creative partnerships between the The Heinz College and the Pittsburgh Community fostering social innovation within the community development field. In doing so he has created the Applied Innovation Burrito Lab (AIBL) to provide students with exposure, connections and practical insights to take ideas, passion and expertise the next step. He is also facilitating an innovative research project with Metro 21 to evaluate how and where to repurpose United States Postal Facilites to increase community resilience.