Andy Tucker

Director of Policy


At CASEL, Andy is the MVP for helping states develop policies that support SEL across their educational systems.Andy (he/him/his) works with state agencies and policymakers across the United States to understand the benefits of SEL for learners of all ages, including the many ways in which SEL can build supportive environments for learners to develop essential lifelong skills. As the leader of the Collaborating States Initiative, Andy thrives in creating collaborative environments in which state leaders can learn best and promising practices from one another to support implementation of high-quality, evidence-based SEL programming in all learning environments.Prior to joining CASEL, Andy served as the Director of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness at the Colorado Department of Education where he led programs that supported K-12 students to prepare effectively for their future. Andy has been an educator for over 25 years with roles including secondary Spanish teacher, high school counselor, and building- and district-level administrator. In his prior role as Director of Student Supports in Boulder Valley School District, Andy worked with all district stakeholders to implement comprehensive SEL curricula to support student success.Andy spends free time in the mountains of Colorado, camping, biking, skiing, and enjoying nature with his wife, two boys, and spoiled dog.