Bio

Deno Andrews Bio

Born in 1971, I have been a resident of Oak Park for 45 years. Our family has been in Oak Park since the 1950s. I attended Horace Mann School, followed by Hawthorne Junior High (now Julian), then OPRF. My father owned a business in south Oak Park, and later in neighboring Berwyn. My mother was a stay-at-home mother until she founded a non-profit organization for children with endocrine disorders. Consequently I grew up with role models who served people in need.

As an adult, I earned a business degree from DePaul University where I earned an Academic Excellence Award. After university I worked in the biotechnology field, followed by a long tenure in a management consulting firm. I was a senior executive responsible for the management of companies and projects in the $2M-$30M+ range.  During that time I served two terms ( 6 years) as a Commissioner on the Oak Park Board of Health. In that role I received the Fitzsimmon’s Award for Public Health for my work on public health issues.

Deno Andrews Bio

Deno J. Andrews, with Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, giving a television statement about violence in Chicago.

Today I am the President of Felony Franks Restaurant and the Rescue Foundation. We are a local eatery that hires people with criminal backgrounds. I worked tirelessly to develop a groundbreaking training program that has proven to effectively reduce, even eradicate, criminal recidivism. As a result, our success rate has gained the attention and respect of elected officials, and national news. One of our stories even went viral and had a half-million views in one day (see below). In addition we’ve had dozens of mainstream media stories featuring our program.

Raising awareness for various issues such as employment equality, violence reduction, and responsible government are important to me. I am largely non-partisan and believe in pragmatic solutions to complex issues. As a result I work closely with elected officials and community leaders on various causes.

Deno Andrews Bio

U.S. Representative Danny K. Davis (left), Deno J. Andrews (right)

I live in northeast Oak Park with my wife of 17 years and our two children. Currently I sit on the board of directors of Sugar Beet Schoolhouse, Suburban Unity Alliance, and North Avenue Zoning and Development Advisory Council. Each are organizations doing important work here in Oak Park. I am fortunate to have lived nearly a half-century in Oak Park. In conclusion, I feel that my skills, experience, and education will nicely augment the talent that exists on the village board. Please read about my vision for Oak Park.

On May 1st, 2017 I was sworn in as a Village Trustee in Oak Park. I am so excited to serve the wonderful people of my community in this capacity. I am also spearheading the creation of a community-owned business or cooperative. Check out the Projects page for more information.

theme by teslathemes