Andrew Grant is a business leader, Marine Veteran, educator, and former intelligence officer. Now, as President and CEO of the Northern California World Trade Center, he helps regional businesses expand their international trade opportunities, creating more good-paying jobs for Californians.
Born and raised in California’s East Bay, Andrew finished high school and accepted an appointment at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Marine, serving in a variety of roles, as an intelligence officer and reconnaissance commander – directing Marines, SEALs, and Scout Snipers – as a Navy Diver, and leading counterdrug operations with Marine and law enforcement units in Southern California. Andrew has worked with our South Korean allies against North Korea and with Aussies controlling violence in Indonesia. Following tours in the Pacific, Andrew was reassigned to the Pentagon to serve on the Chairman’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. From there, Andrew led national intelligence teams in multiple combat operations in the Middle East and across Europe. He served in combat protecting Albanian citizens in Kosovo and while fighting alongside special forces units against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Andrew finished his uniformed service with the Defense Intelligence Agency’s North Korea analysis group.
Transitioning to civil service, Andrew accepted an appointment at the U.S. State Department. There, Andrew teamed up with a fellow appointee to start the first-ever government office specifically designed to combat Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Terrorism. The office led all U.S. diplomatic efforts against the threat, to include leading a Presidential Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism. The Initiative now includes 86 Countries. At State, Andrew also co-wrote the first-ever National Plan to combat WMD Terrorism. The first of its kind, Andrew and the other principal authors were awarded meritorious citations for their efforts. Transitioning from the U.S. Department of State, Andrew accepted a Deputy Team Leader position at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Incident Response Team in Sacramento. As a member of one of only three national-level teams organized in response to reforms after Hurricane Katrina, Andrew served the needs of local communities in multiple disaster locations, to include Haiti after a major earthquake, the Southern U.S. border during the BP Oil Spill, and North Dakota during severe flooding.
Business, Community Leadership
Seeking to deepen his relationship with business and the local community, Andrew and his wife bought and successfully operated a small business while Andrew joined the executive team at the regional food retailer, Raley’s. As a crisis management expert, Andrew played a significant leadership role for the company during a significant cyber security event, during an earthquake, and during the company’s first labor strike.
Today, Andrew serves as President and CEO of the Northern California World Trade Center (WTC) and helps regional businesses open up trading opportunities to export California goods around the world.
Education and Family
After graduating from the Naval Academy, Andrew earned graduate degrees at the American Military University and the National Defense Intelligence College. He has an MBA from Sacramento State University and completed Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. Andrew is active in the community 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 and his wife, Mary Ellen, live in Folsom with their three children