President and CEO
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. Since taking on this role, he has championed a number of new initiatives, including
- On-campus mentoring, to bring children who may never have seen a university onto campus to be mentored by undergraduates who inspire them with a sense of future possibilities.
- Mentor 2.0, which is matching every student at the Academy of Science and Innovation (ASI) in New Britain with a mentor who’s in touch with them once a week via email, and once a month in person. ASI students, most of whom have no family members who’ve attended college, gain skills necessary for college success such as growth mindset, perseverance, critical thinking and self-advocacy.
- Expansion of the Foster Grandparents Program, which matches young students who have academic and/or social-emotional needs with seniors who mentor them during the school day.
- An overarching strategic growth plan that aims to double the number of children the agency serves by 2021.
Fleischmann represented Connecticut’s 18th House District in West Hartford for 24 years. He served as Chairman of the Education Committee, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee’s Education Subcommittee, and also served as a member of the Public Health, Public Safety, and Government Administration and Election Committees. A longtime advocate for children, Fleischmann championed reforms to help ensure that all of Connecticut’s children have access to high quality education that prepares them for the 21st century workplace.
Outside of the legislature, Fleischmann spent six years as Chief Operating Officer of Speedreading People, a communications training firm. 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. He also played a key role in developing the company’s strategic partnerships, as well as programs on leadership and team effectiveness.
During his career, Fleischmann has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including: The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance’s “Children’s Champion” 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).
Fleischmann received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, graduating from its Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned an M.A. in history from Stanford University. Fleischmann, his wife Caroline and their two daughters live in West Hartford.