Andrew Szwak

Andrew Szwak is the Manager of Governmental Affairs and has been with Openlands since 2014. Andrew writes, negotiates, and advocates for policies that advance Openlands’ programs and improve the environment. He serves as Board Secretary of the Illinois Environmental Council and cultivates relationships with local, state, and Federal officials. Andrew also supports Openlands’ projects to grow local food, protect priority landscapes, and build advocates for nature.

Before joining Openlands, Andrew managed the State of Georgia’s Land Conservation Program and worked with New Jersey land trusts to develop open space, farmland, and recreation plans. He 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

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