Andrew graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Berkeley with a degree in history and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. During his junior year, Andrew became extremely interested in issues of mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. In the summer of 2011, he worked at the Georgetown University Law Center Criminal Justice Clinic as an investigative intern. As an investigator for public defenders, Andrew witnessed firsthand the legal inequities facing low-income families, primarily of color, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. As a senior, Andrew volunteered with All of Us or None, a movement seeking to restore rights to formerly incarcerated and convicted persons in the United States.
This past year as a Shinnyo-En Foundation Fellow, Andrew has worked to establish a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site on the UC Berkeley campus to provide free tax preparation for low-income families. In partnership with the United Way of the Bay Area and the Cal Corps Public Service Center, Andrew has served as the site coordinator for the site and helped file over 55 returns and assisted over 100 clients with tax issues. He is excited for the tax site to continue at UC Berkeley and flourish in future years in new partnerships with Residential Life Student Services and campus employees.
Other service experience
Andrew worked in the ASUC Student Legal Clinic for four years, which provides free legal aid to members of the Berkeley community. In the summer after his sophomore year, he traveled to Tanzania and Zanzibar for two months to work in rural health care and education. He has also volunteered with the East Bay Sanctuary and Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Fellowship goal: Andrew would like to gain experience advocating against criminal justice issues such as the death penalty, inadequate prison conditions, and youth life sentences in order to better understand the systemic problems contributing to mass incarceration.
Andrew hopes to travel and observe criminal justice issues internationally before eventually obtaining a law degree and practicing as a public defender.
Quote about service commitment
"I think that understanding my passions and motivations for service is vital to maintain a sustainable enthusiasm for public service. Through the fellowship, I hope to advocate for individuals facing structural prejudice in our society and to learn from my mentor and co-workers how to effectively engage with service. "