Andrew Bradley, Senior Policy Analyst, Indiana Institute for Working Families
What do you do at the Institute?
With a ‘small but mighty’ staff like the Institute’s, we all do a little bit of everything, but I focus specifically on workforce development, higher education, and economic development research and policy work. I also coordinate the activities of the Indiana Skills2Compete Coalition, and am a member of several working groups including the Indiana Network of Knowledge Research Advisory Group and the State Workforce Innovation Council’s career counseling taskforce. I also help with the Institute’s social media, communications, and fundraising efforts as needed.
Why do you care about these issues?
As a Hoosier by birth, education, and choice I care a lot about the state I grew up in and want to make sure all Hoosiers have the opportunities to achieve their best. In order to do that, Indiana needs an economy that works for everyone, policies that reward hard work, and educational opportunities that unlock economic mobility for all Hoosiers.
What do you do when you are not a champion for change?
My wife Julie and I live in the Irvington neighborhood of Indianapolis with Kiki the cat. Some of my best thinking gets done during early morning swims, and I’m partial to American history and travel. And as an IU alum, I care almost as much as the wins and losses of the Hoosiers as I do about Hoosier families getting ahead.
Andrew in the media:
"While Indiana has earned the dubious distinction of being the first state to preempt cities from enacting their own fair chance hiring laws," Bradley said, "it's encouraging that Gov. Holcomb heeded calls to not sign the bill without also pledging to 'Ban the Box' for state jobs."
From Gov Holcomb issues executive order to 'ban the box' in Indiana, Indianapolis Star, 6/29/2017
"People have not been making enough for a long time," said Andrew Bradley, a policy analyst for the Indiana Institute for Working Families. "And the tide isn't rising and lifting by itself."
From Does Indiana need a $10 an hour minimum wage?, Indianapolis Star, 1/27/2017