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Andrew Hagen

Integrated Communications

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Andrew’s heart has always been in storytelling. In nearly 15 years of working in school communications, public relations, and community engagement, he’s built a career by shining a light on unique communities, helping to inform and engage audiences. 

In college, Andrew worked at a day program for adults with disabilities. Despite many roadblocks, these adults were active in their communities and making a positive difference. He quickly learned that everyone is capable of achieving and contributing to their community if given the resources to succeed. It’s a lesson he’s carried with him ever since.

Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in writing from Winona State University. He has worked primarily in the K-12 space and supported strategic communications and stakeholder engagement for private organizations, non-profits, and the United States government, including the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

And with a mother that worked as a speech-language pathologist and a grandfather who served as an assistant superintendent, his expertise in education is both professional and personal.

Andrew offers CEL clients a deep understanding of mixing functionality with storytelling that drives strategic goals forward. He’s mastered the art of reducing website clutter into functional sites that are both easy to maintain and beautiful—and that showcase people, values, and information in an effective way.


After many years in Minnesota, Andrew and his dog, Rachel, moved to the DMV (Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area) to enjoy milder winters. His parents and sister reside in Minnesota, so he returns regularly to visit (but only in summer).


Andrew’s dog, Rachel, is what he calls a “Humane Society Special” (a mix of 22 breeds, according to her Wisdom DNA panel). Andrew peruses animal rescue sites in his spare time, looking for opportunities to help support their adoption efforts. 

Andrew can recite the entire opening of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. In the original Middle English.”