Andy Wilson is a serial entrepreneur and start-up junkie having either led/founded or invested in almost two dozen Southern California high tech start-ups. He currently serves on the board or advisory board of a number of local high tech firms. He has a long history of service with local not for profits including leadership roles at Pasadena Heritage, Pacific Oaks College, the Gamble House and SteamCODERS. He is a co-founder & board member of Innovate Pasadena (www.innovatepasadena.org), which is dedicated to advancing the Eastside of Los Angeles as a vibrant innovation community. He is a frequent speaker on the role of innovation to create high quality local jobs and enhance the quality of life in our community. He has extensive volunteer experience with the City including service on the Planning Commission, Design Commission and Pasadena Center Operating Committee/Visitors Bureau. Beside serving on the City Council, Andy also serves on two City Council Committees: Municipal Services Committee and Economic Development & Technology Committee.
Andy is a strong advocate for thoughtful urban planning that protects our neighborhoods and is committed to fighting traffic/congestion through “active transport” and “complete streets.” Active transport is about making it easy to bike, walk, take transit, ride-sharing and make streets for people, not just cars. He is hands-on with both the Playhouse District Association and the South Lake Business District in hopes of attracting more high quality tenants that serve local residents. He has deep background in finance and is committed to fiscal responsibility while maintaining high quality service in key areas like public safety and parks & recreation.
Andy, his wife Liz and two athletic school aged boys have lived in the Madison Heights neighborhood for 20 years and can often be seen walking the neighborhood with their rescue dog Gandalf. Andy holds an engineering degree with honors from Dartmouth College and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.