Phil Andrew is Co-founder and Principal of PAX Group, a crisis and conflict management consultancy. He has over 30 years of professional expertise in building great teams, cultures, and strategies that navigate complex and dynamic relationships, projects, and environments.
Phil served 21 years as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) throughout the U.S. and overseas with expertise in violence prevention, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, crisis management, hostage negotiation, crimes against children, undercover work, behavioral analysis, and broad investigative experience. He has led complex investigations and regularly deployed on domestic and international kidnappings and hostage-takings and has received numerous FBI and U.S. Department of Justice awards. He is an Adjunct Instructor of negotiation, business intelligence, leadership, and ethics at DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and Department of Management & Entrepreneurship. Phil also serves as an instructor at the FBI Academy and an expert in crisis management, negotiation, behavior analysis, and undercover work.
He has served on the City of Chicago’s Office of Violence Prevention Advisory and the Governor of Illinois’ Public Safety Transition and Chicago Mayoral Public Safety and Accountability Transition Committees.
Phil led the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Violence Prevention program. He was responsible for community partnerships and safety for the nation’s most extensive private school system of 180 schools and 300 Parishes and coordinated efforts to triage services to violence-affected communities. Before the FBI, Phil practiced law in Chicago and managed a violence prevention organization. He is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law and the University of Illinois, which he attended as a scholarship athlete – twice captaining the Illini Swim Team. He is a recipient of a U.S. House of Representatives Award for Outstanding Courage and Heroism, a nominee for the NCAA Valor Award, a recipient of the Illinois State Bar Association Service Award, and an inductee into Loyola Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame.