Andy Olivastro is vice president for outreach at The Heritage Foundation. His background in public relations includes having founded the firm ATO Strategies and worked at United Technologies (now Raytheon Technologies) and Edelman Public Relations. Earlier in his career, he worked as a speechwriter for Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie and for Carlos Guitierrez, PresidentGeorge W. Bush’s commerce secretary. In 2007, he was a fellow at the Claremont Institute, the right-wing think tank that later developed strong ties to Trump and became “a nerve center of the American Right,” as The New York Times describes it.
Olivastro is on the advisory council of Viewpoint Diversity Score, a project of the conservative Christian Alliance Defending Freedom. His writing for The Heritage Foundation blog has been syndicated by The Daily Caller, Daily Signal, and the American Mind. Olivastro holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from New York’s Troy University.
- Spoke with Strive Asset Management Executive Chairman Vivek Ramaswamy on “Taking on Woke, Inc.: Tackling Identity Politics and ESG in Corporate America,” at The Heritage Foundation‘s 2023 Awakening conference (1/7/23)
- Moderated a panel titled “Taking on the ESG Overlords” at Heritage’s 2022 Resource Bank meeting with Puzder, Will Hild, executive director of Consumers’ Research; Vivek Ramaswamy, founder and executive chairman of Strive Asset Management; and Nebraska State Treasurer John Murante (6/1/22)
- Moderated a panel at The Heritage Foundation’s Awakening Conference on “Defeating the Moral Attack on Free Market Capitalism” featuring Andy Puzder, a visiting fellow in business and economic freedom at Heritage, and Samuel Gregg, research director at the Acton Institute (1/8/22)
- Led a call to “develop strategy and unify in pushing back against the various issues surrounding ESG” with State Financial Officers Foundation CEO Derek Kreifels, Utah Treasurer Marlo Oaks, Utah Auditor John Dougall, Heritage Foundation’s Bridgett Wagner, and Andy Puzder (12/16/21)