Paul Andrew is the Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications at Harvard University. Before joining Harvard in 2012, Paul was an Executive Vice President at Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading strategic communications agencies, where he also served as communications counsel to a wide range of academic, corporate, and crisis communications clients. In that capacity, he worked with HBS for several years, and was part of the communications team that celebrated the School’s centennial in 2008. He was also part of Weber Shandwick’s edX team, helping Harvard and MIT launch this revolutionary not-for-profit approach to online education. Paul also served as the Chief Growth Officer for Weber Shandwick in New England, setting office-wide strategies that have seen the company’s Boston operations grow significantly over the past three years.
Paul is a native of the United Kingdom, and served as a Special Adviser to Gordon Brown in Tony Blair’s government. He also helped Labour win an unprecedented three consecutive elections, and has consulted on a number of political elections in the United States. He has developed communications strategies for governments and political leaders around the world on issues such as global trade, common markets, economic development, and the growth of democracy.
He began his career as a sports reporter for the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire and helped create the MetroWest Agenda series in the MetroWest Daily News, serving as the lead columnist for this policy-focused opinion section.