Andrew Gounardes is a native resident of Bay Ridge and a graduate of The George Washington University Law School, Hunter College, and Fort Hamilton High School. He currently serves as Counsel to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, where he is responsible for legal and policy matters affecting the Borough President’s Office and serves as a trustee of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System.
Previously, he served as Director of External Affairs at Citizens Committee for New York City, a non-profit organization that provides neighborhood improvement grants to community groups across New York City. Prior to that, he served as Legislative Aide for Investigations to United States Senator Robert Menendez. Andrew began his career in government by working for City Council Member Vincent Gentile as a Community Liaison from 2003-2005.
Andrew is active in local politics and is the former Vice-President of the Bay Ridge Democrats. He is active in the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church community and is an Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 715, where he also earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Andrew is a member of the Board of Directors for the Brooklyn Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
After Superstorm Sandy, Andrew co-founded Bay Ridge Cares, an organization of neighbors that came together to prepare 25,000 hot meals in six weeks to those affected by Sandy’s devastation. Today, Bay Ridge Cares works to strengthen the bonds of community by providing emergency assistance to those facing extraordinary need, as well as promote volunteerism and service throughout the neighborhood. He served as President of the Bay Ridge Historical Society from 2013-2015, and is a former member of Brooklyn Community Board 10.
In addition to his local and citywide involvement, Andrew is active at a national level on issues affecting the Greek community. He is a member of the Hellenic American Leadership Council, a network of Greek-American leaders from across the United States that promote civic involvement, human rights, and democratic values in and between the United States and Greece. Additionally, he is a founding member of the St. Andrew’s Freedom Forum, an international initiative that raises awareness of the denial of human rights and religious liberties of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church and recognizes human rights and religious freedom defenders throughout the world. Andrew is also a member of the Board of Directors of Saint Basil Academy, a licensed resident child care facility for children who are orphaned or come from broken homes across the United States.