Andrew Frank is a Turner Family Center Fellow focusing his research on autonomous transit and the impact it has on marginalized communities. He also interested in learning about innovative financing models and how cities and schools can work together to achieve shared goals.
Andrew is currently a Masters of Public Policy student at Vanderbilt University focusing on education and the public and private role of creating a society of opportunity. On campus, Andrew is the President of the Peabody Jewish Association and involved with the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures, a student-led organization committed to alleviating poverty through market-driven forces and enterprise. Prior to attending Vanderbilt, Andrew was a 5thgrade teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina and worked on the Teach For America recruitment team. His experience has led to an interest in learning about the abilities of metropolitan areas to be innovative leaders in areas such as education, transit, housing, and health.
In Andrew’s free time you will find him on a long bike ride, hiking, in the pool, or enjoying a good book. He loves learning about new ideas and connecting with people who can bring different perspectives.
Education: James Madison University, B.B.A. in Accounting; University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Certificate in Elementary Education; Vanderbilt University, M.P.P in Education, 2018
Hometown: Annandale, VA
Favorite Quote: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
What I’m Reading Now: Five Miles Away, A World Apart: One City, Two Schools, and the Story of Educational Opportunity in Modern America by James E. Ryan