Andrew Szwak

Andrew Szwak is the Manager of Governmental Affairs and has been with the organization since 2014. Andrew supports our ongoing planning and policy initiatives on local food, water resources, and land conservation. His passion is identifying and protecting society’s most valued places – our nature preserves, farming landscapes, recreational areas, and historic landmarks.

Prior to Openlands, Andrew managed the State of Georgia’s Land Conservation Program. Through his leadership and policy directives, the program utilized grant, loan and tax credit financing to help permanently protect more than 300,000 acres. Andrew has also consulted with multiple land trusts to complete plans for farmland preservation, open space/recreation and trail development on behalf of 16 New Jersey communities.


  • B.S., Environmental Sciences, University of Notre Dame
  • M.C.R.P. (City & Regional Planning), Rutgers University
  • A.I.C.P. licensed by the American Institute of Certified Planner

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