A common sense fiscal conservative to bring balance to city council.

About Andy

Andy has lived in Spokane and been a South Hill resident for 28 years. He founded his small business, Dunau Associates, 30 years ago. His professional work focuses on communications and outreach, particularly in the field of natural resources. Currently, this includes managing and serving as Executive Director of three non-profit organizations: Spokane River Forum, the Lake Roosevelt Forum and the Foundation for Water and Energy Education.

Andy has successfully created and managed budgets of all sizes; communicated complex issues and technical information in easily understood terms; and brought people of diverse interests and backgrounds together to develop successful policies and programs. Says Andy, “You’d be amazed how much good work can get done between government and stakeholders when you develop trust based relationships, agree upon facts, and are dedicated to getting to solutions.”

Communicating and working with people to get things done is core to Andy’s DNA. Locally, he is best known for his work as Executive Director of the Spokane River Forum, and service on the Spokane Park Board from 2011—2016.

As a Spokane Park Board Member, Andy’s leadership was essential during the Great Recession. He led efforts to tighten and create sustainable budgets; double infrastructure investments; and avoid cuts threatening the viability of senior centers and other core services. Said former City Councilman Mike Allen, “Andy listens and is solution oriented. On the Park Board, I engaged with him first hand as he pulled people together to solve a budget crisis and improve service delivery at the same time.”

As Executive Director of the Spokane River Forum, Andy founded and leads development of the Spokane River Water Trail by partnering with Riverside State Park, the Spokane Conservation District, the cities of Spokane and Spokane Valley, Avista and other businesses, conservation groups, and recreational clubs. Creating win-win economic and environmental benefits, the trail enables thousands of residents and visitors to enjoy new and restored river access in our own backyard. In 2015 he received the Mike Chappelle River Hero award.

Other examples of Andy’s partnership building ability are the eight agencies and non-profits that came together to build the very popular online Spokane Got Waste Directory; developing the national award winning FWEE Hydropower and STEM Career Academy for high school students; and working with counties, agencies, tribes and the community to increase awareness of the Lake Roosevelt area’s environmental and economic conditions.

Andy’s small business background, experience in forging lasting partnerships, and being able to communicate and reach out to people with diverse views has inspired his run for city council.