Andy Bernstein helped found HeadCount in 2004, and became its executive director in the Spring of 2008. During that span, the organization has registered over one million voters, forged alliances with hundreds of musicians and entertainers, and produced dozens of highly-successful events and initiatives.
Under his leadership, HeadCount has won multiple CLIO and SHORTY awards for excellence in social impact. He has overseen production of public service announcements starring Jay-Z, Dave Matthews, members of the Grateful Dead and the boy band Brockhampton, the most recent of which was distributed by the Ad Council. He was chosen as an honoree in the 2021 Billboard ‘Change Agents’ list and has been a featured speaker at the South by Southwest music conference, and appeared as an expert commentator on ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and several other television networks.
Prior to creating HeadCount, Andy was best known in the music community as an author of "The Pharmer's Almanac", a guide to the band Phish that sold over 70,000 copies. He also worked in sports for over a decade, serving as media editor of Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal, and later as Vice President of U.S. Corporate Development at the technology company Kangaroo TV.
A 1994 graduate of Brown University, Bernstein resides in a slopeside condominium at the Mountain Creek ski resort, not far from New York City. His pastime is posting GoPro videos of his "off-piste" ski adventures on social media.