University at Albany

Q & A with Andrew Ross Abramowitz, BA '13

If you had to condense your job description into an elevator pitch, how would it read?

Andrew: Homes and Community Renewal is the official NYS agency that provides leadership and assistance to rural communities, municipalities, homeowners, and tenets with community revitalization and economic development, disaster relief, housing preservation, and affordable and fair housing.

What about your job inspires/excites you every day?

Andrew: I love my office environment. My colleagues are exceptionally talented. They're a very supportive and collegial team. I strongly believe that the main responsibility of government is to help the most marginalized and disadvantaged people in society. On a daily basis, I review Disaster relief grant applications, which directly impacts the lives of people affected by natural disasters. I'm very humbled to participate in this noble endeavor.

How did Rockefeller College prepare you for your career?

Andrew: The Rockefeller College was the vehicle I used to enter the professional world. Rockefeller gave me the ability to professionally develop myself over the years. The school gave me the opportunity to intern in Washington D.C. for former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. Rockefeller also gave me several opportunities to network and strengthen my resume. Lastly, if it wasn't for Rockefeller, I wouldn't even be Governor Cuomo's new Excelsior Service Fellowship.

What is one piece of advice you would share with a current Rockefeller student?

Andrew: Get involved! Be assertive and motivated. Become involved with the Rockefeller College faculty and student leadership. This is the best way for a Rockefeller student to excel.

When you're not on the job, where can you be found?

Andrew: If I'm not in my apartment. I'm probably out and about in Albany.