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Nicholas D'Andrea

Executive Director

Nick D’Andrea began his career in education, working as a program director for several after school/ summer programs in Columbus, OH. His first experience was with Run The Race Afterschool Program which operated inside of the Holton recreation Center, serving students in the hilltop and surrounding communities. He served as a program assistant and program manager for 3 years. He developed a music production and songwriting curriculum, and realized a passion for working with young people to create music as a form of social emotional learning. He also developed preschool programming that incorporated music into the curriculum. 

 

Following that he served as a teacher at Reach Educational Services, a charter school that focused on working with students on the Autism spectrum. Working with a small class of middle school students, he planned, developed and executed a daily curriculum modified to the individual learning needs of his students. 

 

Then starting in 2013 he was the program manager of the Salvation Army’s Citadel Learning Center on Karl Rd in Linden for 2 years. As program manager his responsibilities included planning and executing all learning activities throughout the school year and summer, as well as supervising two additional staff members. 

 

At the same time In 2013 he began to pursue a career in music as a songwriter and frontman for the band Nick D’ & the Believers. They were active from 2013-16, toured regionally and had songs featured on television shows. During that time he also worked as a freelance songwriter with music licensing, and publishing companies.

 

In 2016 he co-founded the band Doc Robinson. They released their debut ep Golden Daze in November 2016 and went on to release three full length albums, three ep's and several singles, and to take part in two national tours opening for CAAMP. 


From 2014-2018 he served as a producer and workshop facilitator for We Amplify Voices (then called The Dick and Jane Project) In 2018 he became the executive director of the Dick and Jane Project, and oversaw the rebranding of the organization, taking on the new name We Amplify Voices.