Meet Andreas Addison
Born in Alexandria, Virginia, Andreas was initially raised by his single mother. When he was 4 years old, his mother remarried and the family moved to Shenandoah County where he lived in a rural farm setting, taking care of many animals from which he learned responsibility and hardwork. In 2000, he graduated from Central High School in Woodstock, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a major in Political Science in 2004.
Upon graduation, Andreas moved to Richmond to capitalize on the many opportunities the State Capital of Virginia provided him. Andreas pursued jobs in the public sector for many years, while employed at Wachovia as a financial specialist and Circuit City as a operations analyst. In 2008, Andreas finally found his place in the public sector, hired to work at City Hall as a Management Analyst to support the performance management program.
Following the transition to Mayor Jones in 2009, Andreas became a leader of special projects. In August 2009, he began his MBA studies at night at the University of Richmond, which he completed in 2012. He supported the implementation of the use of SeeClickFix, a mobile application to empower Richmond residents to use their smartphones and website to report issues relating to potholes, broken streetlights, non-functioning traffic lights, abandoned vehicles, vacant property and overgrown lots. During the next three years, Andreas combined his business studies and public sector job to create the role he now fills as a Civic Innovator.
His role as Civic Innovator is to bring best practices and new ways of thinking to the operations of City Hall. Andreas focuses on improving public engagement, enhancing government accountability, collaboration, and transparency. In 2013, Andreas successfully led the awarded application for Richmond to be an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge partner, one of 100 cities chosen from around the world to work with IBM to tackle a social challenge. In 2015, he led the prestigious Code for America partnership in coordination with the Richmond City Health District, Bon Secours and VCU Health Systems to improve how low-income residents’ access and utilize healthcare. The result of this yearlong project is being implemented citywide. Andreas also brought the NextDoor platform to Richmond in coordination with the Richmond Police Department to support community policing and public engagement.
Through his many projects and efforts, Andreas has been recognized as a thought leader and subject matter expert on innovating government.
He frequently speaks at conferences about his experience, philosophy, and approach to driving change in government. He spoke at the German Marshall Fund’s BUILD Urban Innovation conference in Spain and for the past six years at the Next Generation of Government Summit in Washington D.C.
Andreas plays acoustic guitar with the worship team of Commonwealth Chapel Church that meets at the National Theater. He is a founder and leader of the Code for RVA Brigade, a volunteer cadre of local coders and hackers who desire to improve our community, and is a board member for CodeVirginia bringing computer science learning as a requirement for public school graduation. In addition, he is the Civic Engagement Chair of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional Leadership Team, and he is on the Richmond Ballet of Virginia Advisory Council.
“Andreas has been a pinnacle of the civic technology community since its inception. When there were only five local government officials in the country showing up to events centered on transparency, access and engagement Andreas was one of them. He has stayed committed to this effort for the six years I have known him. RVA did a wonderful job raising such an outstanding community leader.”
– Ben Berkowitz, founder/CEO SeeClickFix