Andrew Grant (American Politician)
Andrew Grant (born October 3, 1971) is the President/CEO of the Northern California World Trade Center and a U.S. House of Representatives candidate in the 2018 race for California’s 7th congressional district.
Early Years and Education
Andrew Grant was born and raised in Northern California’s East Bay. After high school, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, lettering in Navy Baseball in 1993-1995, and was commissioned as a U.S. Marine Corps Officer. After serving in the Marines, he obtained graduate degrees from the American Military University and the National Defense Intelligence College. Andrew received his MBA from Sacramento State University, and has completed Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.
As a marine, Andrew served as an intelligence officer and reconnaissance commander directing Marines, SEALs, and Scout Snipers, as a Navy Diver, and as a counterdrug operations lead with Marine and law enforcement units in Southern California. After tours in the Pacific, he was reassigned to serve at the Pentagon as the Chairman’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this position, he led national intelligence teams in several combat operations in the Middle East and throughout Europe. Andrew served in combat in Kosovo and beside special forces units against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. He completed his service with the Defense Intelligence Agency’s North Korea analysis group.
After his service in the Marines, Andrew was appointed to the U.S. State Department. There, he partnered with another appointee to create the first government office designed to combat Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism. This office led all U.S. diplomatic efforts against threat, to include leading a Presidential Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism. As Acting Director, Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism, Andrew addressed the following conferences:
• January 2007's Maritime and Port Security Conference with these remarks: Transformational Diplomacy to Protect the Maritime Supply Chain
• March 2007's Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, Southwest Chapter with these remarks: Remarks to the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management
• June 2007's Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism Law Enforcement Conference with these remarks: Remarks to the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism Law Enforcement Conference
In addition, Andrew co-wrote the first-ever National Plan to combat Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism.
After working in the U.S. State Department, Andrew worked as a Deputy Team Leader at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Incident Response Team in Sacramento, California. In this position, he served local communities and other disaster locations including Haiti, the Southern U.S. border, and North Dakota.
In addition to his diplomatic service, Andrew is involved in the business community. He and his wife bought and operated a small business while Andrew worked on the executive team at Raley’s, Sacramento's leading food retailer. Andrew successfully lead the company during a significant cyber security event, during an earthquake, and during the company’s first labor strike. Currently, Andrew is the President and CEO of the Northern California World Trade Center. He partners with regional businesses, helping them create trade opportunities to export local goods around the world.
Personal Life and Community Service
Andrew and his wife, Mary Ellen, currently reside in Folsom, California with their three children. Within his community, Andrew serves as a member of the Sacramento County Parks and Recreation Commission, the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District Measure G Citizen’s Oversight Committee, as an Adjunct Professor at Los Rios Community College, and as an elected member of the Sacramento County Republican Party Central Committee. He recently launched a campaign to represent California’s District 7 in the United States Congress.
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