T. Andrew Huddleston is the Senior Production Manager at New Blue Interactive in Washington, D.C. and a correspondent for a progressive digital media startup, 50 States of Blue.
Previously, Andrew was the first Digital Director at the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW). He was appointed to that position by UAW president Dennis Williams in 2014 at the age of 27. Andrew was responsible for leading the UAW’s digital communication strategy in areas like the web, mobile, SMS, online organizing, and social media.
Andrew led key initiatives that helped the UAW expand its digital influence and embrace innovative methods. He spearheaded concurrent efforts to change the way the UAW handled mass email and text messaging, launch a mobile app, and redesign the union’s flagship website, which was nominated at the 20th and 21st Annual Webby Awards and won a People’s Voice Award. He was also instrumental in dramatically improving social media engagement metrics, doubling the size of the UAW’s member cell phone list, nearly tripling the size of its member email list, and establishing a first-ever process for organizing potential members online.
Prior to his work as Digital Director, Andrew spent three years in the UAW’s Ford Department. There, he crafted communication strategy for a health care pilot program and worked with top leaders from the UAW and Ford to shape social media strategy during multi-billion-dollar negotiations between the UAW and Ford Motor Company in 2011.
As a nephew, son and grandson of autoworkers, Andrew knows how important manufacturing is to the community. He previously sat on the boards of Detroit Manufacturing Renaissance and Advance Michigan, a regional economic development cooperative focused on advanced manufacturing.
Andrew received his BA, magna cum laude, in Political Science and Philosophy in 2009 from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2017, he received his MA in Communication with concentrations in Digital Communication and Public and Media Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts & Sciences. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, he currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his two cats, Tennessee and Ophelia.