Andrew Kalel

Andrew Kalel

Government Affairs Consultant

Andrew brings a unique and deep understanding of the intricacies of local and state government to Sunrise Consulting. Andrew’s family has been a part of Florida’s legislative and regulatory process for many years and has a firm grasp on the importance of building lasting relationships. He also is a critical thinker, thoughtfully crafting strategy to engage decision makers in a variety of subjects.

Andrew started his career in and around state government as an undergraduate in college, holding positions with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in the Secretary’s office of the Florida Lottery, and as a court-appointed auditor for the Justice Administrative Commission. In these roles, he was exposed to executive decision makers and the workflow process of large state agencies with multi-million-dollar budgets impacting every day Floridians. He interned for the Florida Sheriffs Association, the House of Representatives, and with Security First Insurance Company, one of Florida’s top five, Florida-based property insurance companies.

After college, Andrew leveraged his knowledge of state government to work in the private sector in a project management position under Jason Gonzalez at Shutts & Bowen. There he supported large government affairs projects for the firm by liaising with the Executive Office of the Governor, as well as assisting with tracking legislation and gathering and analyzing political research.

Over his career Andrew obtained both his insurance adjuster, and broker license. He has worked as a catastrophe adjuster after Hurricane Matthew, and as a daily claims adjuster. Andrew continues to stay abreast of insurance public policy, and emerging industry trends.

Before joining Sunrise Consulting Group, Andrew was the joint Legislative Affairs Director for the Offices of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel (Offices). Andrew was successful in building these agencies’ first legislative program and devised a strategy to increase awareness of the agencies’ mission, purpose, and policy and budgetary needs. During his tenure, the offices saw an over a 30% increase in funding and passed several pieces of legislation that were critical to agency operations and the clients the offices serve.