Andrew Weinstein is founder and president of Ridgeback Communications, a media relations and strategic communications firm in Washington, DC. Prior to his current firm, Weinstein served as vice president for corporate communications and chief spokesperson for AOL, managing the company's public image over a decade of dramatic change. Before that, Weinstein was deputy press secretary and spokesman for House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and earlier he served as director of media relations for Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign. Weinstein is a member of the the board of directors for the Humane Society of the United States and serves as chair of the Investment and Pension Trust Committee. He is also a director of the Washington Humane Society.