Andrew grew up near Fines Creek in Haywood County. He attended UNCA and majored in environmental studies, ecology and environmental biology. He interned with Mountain True during the summer of 2021 and worked for HRI as a forestry technician in the Spring of 2022 and in the winter of 2022-2023. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hiking and growing native plants, flowers and vegetables. He has the most success growing garlic and onions.