About Andy

Andy & Melinda (and Bentsen)

My senior year in high school we were asked to list our life goals for publication in the school annual. I wrote, “To remain a defender of all that is pure and good. Let it lead me where it may.”

I was trying to be silly at the time, but it turns out to have been true. In all I do, I hope to help people get in touch with their most authentic selves, what I think is pure and good.

Here are three examples:

  • In 1994, I co-founded the Puget Sound Community School (PSCS), a unique middle & high school in Seattle, with Melinda Shaw, my wife.
  • In 2011, I launched Kind Living as a vehicle to promote the kindness content I’ve been creating since the 1990’s.
  • In 2012, I created an online activity called “The Secret Agent of Compassion” in support of the “The Compassion Games.”
I stepped down from PSCS in June, 2018 after 24 years, excited to find new opportunities that invigorate and energize me. Melinda and I relocated to the Bay Area where I actively promote the idea that recognizing and contributing to ordinary acts of kindness is a key to achieving peace on earth.

I’ve conducted marriage ceremonies, as well as given talks and facilitated workshops. If you think I can be of some service to you, please feel free to drop me a note.