Andy Hoffman was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Yeshiva from Kindergarten to 8th grade followed by John Dewy High School.He earned an Associates Degree in Recreation Leadership in 1976, a BA in Social Science from Pace University in 1978, a MA in Community Development from the University of Missouri in 1981, and an MS in Publishing from Pace University in 1988. He began his professional career working for the Boy Scouts of America in Kansas City and was promoted to positions in New York City and finally to Dallas where he served as the Associate Director of the Relationships Division and Director of Jewish Relationships. In 1990 he began working as SW Region Director for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism where, at first, he also served as the Regional Youth Director for USY and Kadima. As the region grew to support a larger staff, he was able to hire additional staff to cover the USY and Kadima responsibilities. In 1998 he planned, and provided professional leadership to the merger of the Southwest and Central States and Provinces Region into the Mid-Continent Region. Leaving the United Synagogue, 2001-2002 found him spending about a year working as a special assistant to the synagogue executive director at Shearith Israel in Dallas. Along with his administrative tasks he provided professional support to a Capital Campaign Feasibility Study, and a $700,000 annual campaign for this 1500 family Conservative synagogue. In August of 2002 he accepted the responsibilities of Director of Operations for the Solomon Schechter Academy of Dallas and held that position until his employment as Executive Director of Congregation Beth El in La Jolla. Andy relocated to Houston, TX in 2012 where he served as the Chief Operating Officer for Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston until 2016. After retirement from IM, Andy has served as a consultant to nonprofit organizations in Texas and teaches in the Master’s in Nonprofit Administration program at the University of Houston-Downtown.