Project Description

Practice Area Lead, Community Development Programs

Chris Andrews is a Practice Area Lead in The Cloudburst Group’s Housing and Community Development practice area. He oversees Cloudburst’s Federal, state and local community development portfolio.

Mr. Andrews has worked with cities and states across the country in designing, managing and assessing housing and community development programs. Mr. Andrews is a national expert on community planning and data-driven planning and has served as project manager for Cloudburst’s national technical assistance, training and resource development associated with the eCon Planning Suite. In this capacity, he has overseen and contributed to the development of the eCon Planning Suite Desk Guides and Toolkits on Citizen Participation and Data-Driven Planning. He has also trained over 400 grantees on the eCon Planning Suite. In his work on the eCon Planning Suite, Mr. Andrews has provided guidance on the incorporation and alignment of fair housing planning and analyses of impediments into the Consolidated Plan process. Mr. Andrews is an expert in CDBG-DR and disaster response housing strategies and has worked with multiple post-disaster communities to establish and implement disaster shelter transition strategies and create long-term housing recovery programs.

In addition to training and resource development, Mr. Andrews also works with grantees to develop community plans and Consolidated Plans, and Analyses of Impediments. Mr. Andrews has worked with multiple jurisdictions to conduct housing market and economic studies and analyses, develop policies and procedures, and create targeted, place-based housing and community development strategies. Mr. Andrews has a Master of City Planning at the University of California-Berkeley with a concentration in affordable housing and economic development and a certificate in Real Estate Development from the Haas School of Business.

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In His Own Words

“Cities across the country face barriers to addressing housing and community development needs in their communities. Using data and other evidence can help these cities develop more impactful strategies to address these needs and ultimately serve low- and moderate-income residents.”