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Andrew Maxwell joins the 40 under Forty Class of 2019

Andrew Maxwell was nominated and selected to be party of the 40 under Forty Class of 2019. The 21st annual 40 under Forty Awards recognizes forty young leaders under the age of 40 who excel in the workplace, volunteer, and give back to the CNY community. Andrew is senior program manager & innovation strategist for C&S Companies in Syracuse, NY. In this role he serves both public and private sector clients, supporting project management and innovation capacity-building, within the context of C&S’s mission to help communities plan, design, construct and maintain the built and natural environment.

Andrew comes from more than a decade of public service in various leadership roles with the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County. Andrew was a candidate for Mayor of Syracuse in 2017. From 2015 to 2017 Andrew served as the Director of Policy & Innovation for the City of Syracuse. He led the City’s Office of Innovation, after securing a $1.35 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to fund this initiative. The Innovation Team has focused on creative infrastructure practices and improving economic opportunity in Syracuse.

Andrew served as Director of the Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency (SOCPA) from 2013-2015. In this role, Maxwell promoted sound planning that fosters greater economic vitality, environmental stewardship, and improved quality of life. He oversaw the completion of the City of Syracuse Comprehensive Plan: 2040, the most detailed and extensive municipal plan in the city’s history, and the springboard for the ReZone Syracuse project – the city’s first-ever effort to holistically rewrite its zoning ordinances in order to improve business development and create better outcomes for neighborhoods.

Andrew served as founding Director of the City of Syracuse Bureau of Planning & Sustainability from 2010-2013. The Bureau of Planning & Sustainability coordinated the city’s efforts relative to the completion of the Onondaga Creekwalk and the Connective Corridor. Maxwell spearheaded the city’s partnership with the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge program, which brought experts from IBM to Syracuse to assist with the city’s vacant property problem in the fall of 2011.

Andrew began his service with the City of Syracuse Department of Community Development in 2006, working with the city’s neighborhood planning councils and Community Development Block Grant programs.

Andrew has been consistently involved in civic life in Syracuse, having served on close to two dozen non-profit boards of directors, including the Syracuse City School District Educational Foundation, the Rescue Mission Alliance, Friends of the Central Library, Leadership Greater Syracuse, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse and the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA).

He received his bachelor’s degree in history and American studies from St. John Fisher College in 2005 and his master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2006.

Andrew is a proud graduate of the Syracuse City School District, and lives in downtown Syracuse with his wife Lindsay.

Contact Andrew at (315) 455-2000 or amaxwell@cscos.com.