By Roadtrip Nation

Andre Carroll


My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was raised by my grandmother in a poverty-stricken neighborhood in Philadelphia—my mother struggled with drug addiction my entire life and my father was incarcerated for the majority of my life.
My grandmother was diagnosed with liver cancer during my senior year of high school and passed away shortly after I graduated.
I attended community college for a short while after my grandmother passed away, but the structure didn’t provide enough support for me, so I dropped out.
I waited tables in various restaurants across Philadelphia to keep up with all the bills that were suddenly on my plate.
After five years, I decided to redirect my life and go back to school—I attended Year Up’s workforce development program and got the opportunity to intern in due diligence for JPMorgan Chase.
After completing my internship, I realized that the corporate America environment wasn’t for me, so I moved into the healthcare industry to do medical billing...but I still didn’t feel fulfilled.
One of my former mentors offered me a position in the Philadelphia City Controller’s office—that was my first professional exposure to government and politics!
The connections and relationships I made through my mentor and while working in the City Controller’s office eventually led me to my position as the campaign manager for Nicolas O’Rourke.
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Political Campaign Manager

I'm the campaign manager for Nicolas O’Rourke's run for City Council.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

I schedule events, interviews, community events, and meetings. A lot of my schedule is spent on "call time" to raise money for the campaign. I also spend time canvassing and knocking on doors in various neighborhoods to raise awareness about the campaign.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Network and volunteer. Try your best to get hands-on experience. I suggest starting by volunteering on a few local races and then identify what part of a campaign you would like to do.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You can't do it."

Challenges I Overcame

Family Stress
First-Generation College Student
Death and Loss