Andy Krackov’s career has focused on the intersection of data and community-level action. His consultancy, Hillcrest Advisory, works with social sector organizations on the front lines of local change to help them communicate numbers effectively and tell stories with data, in order to transform facts into impact.
The bulk of Andy’s data storytelling experience is in California, where he managed statewide data projects for two foundations. At the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, Andy helped launch and manage that foundation’s kidsdata.org initiative, which leverages local data as a tool to bring attention to children’s issues across California. At the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), Andy partnered with the State of California to build a nation-leading open data program to publish, and encourage use of, the valuable health data the state provides. Prior to establishing Hillcrest Advisory, Andy also was vice president for data strategy at the digital agency Velir and previously served as Vice President for Partnerships and Strategy at the data storytelling startup, LiveStories.
Andy was a researcher and a reporter at U.S. News & World Report and the Chronicle of Higher Education. After receiving his master’s degree in communication theory from Stanford, he managed Stanford’s web presence for five years as the university’s web managing editor.