Andrew Szwak

Andrew Szwak is the Manager of Governmental Affairs and has been with Openlands
since 2014. Andrew leads initiatives to brainstorm, write, negotiate, and advocate for
public policies that benefit nature. As Openlands’ lobbyist to local, state, and federal
governments, Andrew cultivates productive relationships with many elected and
appointed public officials. He also serves as Board Secretary of the Illinois
Environmental Council and partners with organizations and individuals throughout the
country to improve environmental policy.

Before joining Openlands, Andrew managed the State of Georgia’s Land Conservation
Program – an innovative financing, grant, and tax credit program that helped to
permanently protect 300,000 acres during Andrew’s six years there. He also consulted
with multiple land trusts to lead open space, farmland, and recreation planning projects
that funneled public land conservation funds to 15 New Jersey municipalities. He now
lives with his wife and daughter in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.


  • B.S., Environmental Sciences, University of Notre Dame
  • M.C.R.P. (City & Regional Planning), Rutgers University
  • A.I.C.P. American Institute of Certified Planners (Certification # 0228333)

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