Thanks for visiting my website!

First of all, let me also say thank you for the above appreciation. Sandy texted me the photo soon after it was taken and it really made my day. Having the opportunity to continue supporting the organization that defined so many years of my life is still very rewarding. It was sad I couldn’t be there for the conference, but it was so amazing to see all of you in the picture. I hope you had a wonderful event!

Even though I am no longer part of the day-to-day management at NCDD, I have remained involved as much as I can. Besides the conference material from this year, I’ve enjoyed contributing to our fundraising efforts, created a small booklet about NCDD (which you received in your tote bag), and worked with Sandy on publishing a report on a project started at the last NCDD event in Reston, VA. I was even a sponsor of NCDD2016 — which, now that I write it down sounds really weird, sponsoring the thing I helped create.

But more excitingly, I have found myself working closer to the NCDD community then ever before. Although it wasn’t originally my plan, several NCDD members reached out over the past year and invited me to help them in the same way I helped build NCDD. I am so fortunate they did.

Being offered these opportunities has only encouraged my desire to do more work within the network, to strengthen my connection with members of the NCDD community. If you are looking for someone with my skills and experience in engagement, please let me know and we can set up a call to talk about your needs.

And truth be told, although I do love being a free agent, I suppose my long term goal is to bring the skills I cultivated at NCDD to another program, especially one that is just getting off the ground. Supporting NCDD was very gratifying, but it wasn’t as much fun as starting it. So if you know of an upstart program that needs a little grassroots creative mojo, I just might be able to help.

But if you’re not in search of a designer or consultant — if you were just curious about what I’m up to — don’t be a stranger. Shoot me a quick message. I’d love to reconnect!

Anyway, thank you for making NCDD great! I hope there may be an opportunity for us to connect in the future, and maybe even work together.

– Andy

Rates & Services FAQs

Just what is it that you do?

For those unaware, I co-founded and served as creative director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation from 2002 – 2016, and I still support the organization when I can. Since 2015, I have also branched out to support other engagement-based programs as designer, editorial supervisor, and strategic planner.

For those in need of freelance…

  • creative design & planning,
  • promotional consultation,
  • online media support,
  • good old-fashioned editorial & writing talent,
  • or advanced publication development,

…I offer the skills I cultivated creating & supporting NCDD.

How much do you charge?

My base rate is $65 an hour for online media creation, strategic planning, and project development. My project development consultation rate is $130 per hour.  I also have what I call a “sub-rate” of $45 an hour for more time-consuming project support work (basic design, copy writing & editing, and communication tasks) which I offer through my $500 and $1000 a month retainer plans, especially suitable for both open-ended and time comsuming projects.

Do you provide discounts for NCDD members?

Yes! I offer my discount retainer rates to members of the organization I co-founded, and I am happy to provide greater flexibility and expanded availability to work with engagement-oriented organizations and programs.

I’m not sure what my project requires…

For all potential projects, I offer a free consultation call where you can pick my brain on what your project or program might need.

How can I take advantage of your retainer rates?

My retainer rates are meant to offer a discount to small projects with no specific deadline or larger projects that need support over a longer period of time.  Through the retainer, I provide a flexible schedule over a thirty day period and, if the project needs more time, the retainer will require renewal each month.  However, the retainer needs to be paid at the beginning of each month and the project will be worked on at my convenience.  On average, I provide a maximum of 10 to 15 hours for the $500 retainer and 20 to 25 hours for the $1000 retainer, however I find the final hours count is far less important than the needs of the project.

Rates & Services Guide

Updated January 2nd, 2018 – Interested in hiring me as creative consultant, strategic planner, or designer?  Read through my Rates & Services Guide for more information about what I can bring to your project…




This little guidebook will tell you all you need to know about me, my work, and how much I charge for my service. Please reach out to me if you have any questions! Having problems with the above pdf viewer? You can also read the guide by clicking on the link below…

Rates & Services Guide

About My Work History

Thank you for taking an interest in my work.

For those interested in engaging me in either short or long term employment, whether that work is freelance or if you are looking to bring someone with my skills into your office, I offer a few items below to introduce myself, and my past & current work.


I graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in the summer of 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts & Science; Science Education & Communication degree — along with several years of work experience as both an educator and production assistant in public media. For all of my twenties, I taught environmental education in non-tradional classrooms, supplementing my income with media jobs including publication editor and morning producer at a public radio station.


My life has continuously steered me back towards editorial design and development. My father owned a printing business outside of State College, PA and, as early as I can remember, he encouraged me to learn his craft.  We had an old crank press in the basement of our home on which I cut my teeth in layout and design.  This led to lessons in offset printing and proper copy-editing, which in turn gave me the skills to take on a variety of jobs over my lifetime: from laying out Penn State’s giant course catalogue and editing a small community newspaper, to designing resource guides for NCDD (and so many in between).


I co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation in 2002 and served as its Creative Director for 13 years. During that time, I worked on everything from NCDD’s website and its publications, to its national events.  My roles included event design, nonprofit management, publicity & marketing, you name it.  We were a small startup and skill diversity was essential to our survival.

I’m very proud of my role as co-founder and, to be honest, leaving was hard, but I’m happy to say the organization continues to grow & do good work.  It’s also extremely exciting to take on new challenges and work on new projects.

A statement about my transistion from the NCDD Board of Directors.

My own take concerning the transistion.


Currently, I am expanding my skillset by taking on freelance work, focusing on the community I have served for the past 13 years. However, ultimately, I seek a new, permanent home where my skills as a designer, editor and problem-solver can enrich a new program and offer new challenges. If you’re interested in connecting, or would like a copy of my resumé, please use this form to contact me or shoot me an email at  Also, I offer the following letter of recommendation detailing the work I did for NCDD.

A letter of recommendation from the NCDD Board of Directors.


I have spent the last couple weeks expanding this site, adding examples of my work and a few anecdotes from my past.  But I have so much more to put here, both from my past and from projects to come. If we get a chance to talk, please allow me a moment to tell you about them.