Andy Shaindlin

Consulting Vice President

Alumni communities are changing faster, and facing more challenges, than at any time in history. I love working with alumni communities’ leaders to help these groups’ members support their institutions and each other.


Andy Shaindlin, Consulting Vice President, brings nearly 30 years of experience to the firm in advancement, alumni relations, and annual giving in higher education, with expertise in strategic planning, volunteer management, and organizational design for professionals in educational administration.

His extensive experience includes alumni relations best practices, strategy, staffing, and trends; boards and nonprofit governance models; alumni relations alignment with fundraising; and digital engagement strategy for alumni.

Andy is Vice President at Switchboard, an online community engagement platform. Previously, Andy served as Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations & Annual Giving at Carnegie Mellon University, where he led a team of 26 staff members in global outreach and annual fundraising for the University’s 97,000 alumni worldwide. Andy led the alumni team during the $1.7 million renovation and relaunch of Carnegie Mellon’s Alumni House, and he instituted the University’s first crowdfunding platform.

Previously, Andy served for more than 10 years as Executive Director of the Caltech Alumni Association. He was also Senior Director, Alumni Programs for the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan and its Director of Alumni Education and Travel. He began his advancement career with seven and a half years in Alumni Relations for his alma mater, Brown University.

Andy is the founder and author of Alumni Futures, which he launched in 2007 as the first website specifically for alumni relations professionals. He chaired the Commission on Alumni Relations for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and served on the CASE Board of Trustees. As a recipient of the coveted CASE Crystal Apple award, Andy has been recognized by his fellow professionals for excellence in training and education.

Andy is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Councils for International Education in Washington, D.C. He also serves on the Alumni Advisory Group of Future First Global, based in London, England. Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brown University and a master’s degree in education from Claremont Graduate University.

Since joining GG+A in 2015, Andy has consulted for dozens of organizations, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the University of California (Office of the President), Case Western Reserve University, the University of British Columbia, King’s College London, Middlebury College, the University of Arizona, Oregon State University, the Grenoble École de Management (France), Aalto University (Finland) and KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), among others.

  • Aalto University (Finland)
  • University of Alberta
  • The University of Arizona Foundation
  • The University of British Columbia
  • University of California, Office of the President
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cornell University
  • EP-Nuffic
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management
  • Kenyon College
  • King’s College London
  • Lehigh University
  • University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Middlebury College
  • Oregon State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Phoenix
  • Population Council
  • Texas Christian University
  • The University of Toledo
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Weill Cornell Medicine
  • William Marsh Rice University

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