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Andrés was born in Bogota, Colombia and immigrated to the United States as a child. 
 
He resides in New York City where he is a Lecturer at the City University New York School of Labor and Urban Studies with expertise in public policy, economic thought, and social transformation. Andrés is a leading voice and advocate for the Green New Deal and Modern Monetary Theory. He is a Research Fellow at the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Missouri Kansas City Department of Economics. He writes and publishes on topics in public policy, economic theory, social justice, climate change, and socio-personal development and leadership.
 
Andrés holds a Master of Arts from the University of San Diego's School of Leadership and Educational Sciences with a specialization in group and systems development and leadership under the mentorship of renowned scholar-practitioner Zachary Green of Group Relations International. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a focus on Existentialism and Social Theory.  
 
He has over a decade's worth of experience in leadership development, coaching, and social impact consulting. He is also an expert in the field of policy advising and platform development for political campaigns.

In the Summer of 2017, Andrés began supporting the Congressional campaign of former colleague Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a policy advisor and organizer. His work facilitated the incorporation of the Federal Jobs Guarantee policy onto the official campaign platform and helped in the vetting process of various academic resources. Alexandria would go on to become the youngest woman in history to be elected to the United States Congress. Andrés remains a senior advisor for political campaigns and progressive causes.