Founder and head of Plattner Communications & Public Affairs – Andy served as a Senior Consultant to the National Center on Education and the Economy, where he helped bring the public voice into the development of rigorous academic standards and high quality tests. For more than two decades, Andy has helped clients ‘listen’ to key audiences; craft clear, effective messages; and develop realistic strategies to sustain public support for better schools. Andy co-founded KSA-Plus Communications, a national communications company. He has worked on education issues since 1990. He also spent 18 years as a journalist covering politics, the last several of those years with U.S. News & World Report.