About Andrew

Andrew Friedson is the District 1 Councilmember representing western and southwestern Montgomery County from the D.C. line to the Frederick County border. He serves on the Planning, Housing, & Economic Development committee and the Government Operations & Fiscal Policy committee.


A lifelong resident of District 1, Andrew grew up in Potomac, resides in Bethesda and is a graduate of Wayside Elementary School, Herbert Hoover Middle School, and Winston Churchill High School, as well as the University of Maryland – College Park. He has been described as the “fiscal and economic center of the Montgomery County Council,” and in 2019 spearheaded landmark legislation to ensure all county bills include a thorough economic analysis and to strengthen financial oversight by requiring a regular review of spending by all county departments and agencies.

In his first annual budget cycle since taking office in December 2018, he led the effort to add $5 million in additional funding for affordable housing and reversed proposed cuts to protect the second White Flint Metro entrance and the FareShare transit incentive program for workers. As the Council's Lead for Parks, he restored $1.9 million in proposed cuts to our parks system to promote open space and has become a leading advocate for livable, walkable communities to improve quality of life. Andrew successfully pushed for key investments to address mental health in and out of school, expanding the County's crisis hotline into the nighttime hours when young people are most isolated and vulnerable, and adding additional middle school mental health therapists. Working with colleagues, he also reversed proposed cuts to fully fund MCPS and Montgomery College, and accelerated road resurfacing projects to address the county’s maintenance backlog and keep pace with this core government responsibility. 

A longtime volunteer, advocate, and leader with local charities and community-based organizations, Andrew has continued his passionate advocacy for nonprofits while on the Council, and was awarded the 2019 Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.

Prior to joining the Council, Andrew served as senior policy advisor and deputy chief of staff to the Comptroller of Maryland. Andrew has dedicated his career to making government more effective, efficient, and responsive by holding public agencies accountable and scrutinizing billions in government contracts, securing a dignified retirement for teachers and public servants, and improving customer service to make the public sector actually work for the public.