Joel W. Andrus
Joel Andrus is the Government Relations Director at Kemper Consulting. With over twelve years of state government relations experience, he represents clients before the Virginia General Assembly, legislative and executive branch agencies and boards and commissions. Mr. Andrus’ practice includes public education, environmental issues, energy and healthcare, including helping Kemper Consulting’s healthcare clients prepare applications and navigate Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need process.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Andrus worked with the City of Suffolk Economic Development Department, where he mainly focused on new business development and retention in the downtown area. While with the City of Suffolk, he developed and implemented marking strategies for attracting new businesses, helped local businesses understand and take advantage the Virginia Enterprise Zone, as well as acted as a liaison between downtown businesses and historic preservation societies.
Mr. Andrus graduated with distinction from the Virginia Military Institute. As an undergraduate, Mr. Andrus served as president of the Philosophy Club and the Timmons-Gentry Music Society, as well as Managing Editor of the VMI yearbook, The Bomb. In addition, he is also a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society.
Currently, Mr. Andrus is active in the VMI Alumni Association, where he serves on the Board of Directors, as well as the Hampton Roads New Cadet Recruiting Chairman. Mr. Andrus also serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Recycling Association, and volunteers as a Sunday school teacher at his local church. Mr. Andrus is also a 2010 graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, a 2015 graduate of LEAD Hampton Roads and a 2016 graduate of the CIVIC Leadership Institute.