Following a nationwide search in 2011, Andy Fleischmann was named President and CEO of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, the state’s premier youth mentoring organization.
Andy is focused on two strategic goals for Big Brothers Big Sisters: Expanding the number of children in need we serve, and offering enhanced programs – e.g., responding to childhood trauma and building skillsets needed for success after high school – so that children matched with mentors achieve even greater personal growth.
Prior to joining Nutmeg, Andy served as Chief Operating Officer of SpeedReading People. As one of the firm’s co-founders, he led the capitalization of the company and was integrally involved in the development of its strategic business plan. Following a health challenge in 2010, Andy decided to focus full-time on his passion for helping children in need, undertaking the job search that culminated in his becoming the President and CEO of NBBBS.
From 1995 until 2019, Andy served in the Connecticut General Assembly, where he represented Connecticut’s 18th House District (West Hartford). He was House Chairman of the Education Committee and House Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Elementary and Secondary Education, and championed reforms to help ensure that all Connecticut’s children have access to an education that prepares them for the 21st century workplace.
During his career, Andy has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including: The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance’s “Children’s Champion” Award (2018, ’17, ’16, ’15, ‘14), The Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut “Legislative Leadership” Award (2018), The CT Association of Boards of Education “Legislator of the Year Award” (2016), The Peace Island Institute’s “Statesman of the Year” Award (2015), The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ Legislative Award (2010), and the Connecticut Family Resource Alliance “Friend of Families” Award (2007).
Andy was born and raised in West Hartford. He graduated from Hall High School, and received a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, graduating from its Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He received a Master’s Degree in U.S. History from Stanford University. He and his wife Caroline live in West Hartford with their two daughters.