Staff Story: Andy Petroni
It’s All Downhill for Andy
Andy Petroni knows the ins and outs of the Greater Opportunities for Affordable Living program. GOAL for short. Since 2016 he has worked in the planning department, administering tens of millions dollars in funding for affordable housing.
But he also knows how to rip it, whether it’s on a mountain bike or on a snowboard tearing up the backcountry.
Andy Beyond Business
What brought you to Alaska/where are you from originally?
"I’m from Ennis, Montana. The Army brought me to Fairbanks. I enjoyed numerous trips to south central Alaska while stationed at Ft. Wainwright. Following a few years at Fort Bliss in Texas, I separated from the Army and returned to Anchorage."
What brought you to AHFC/what did you do previously?
"I was an army infantry officer and served in many roles over my six years in service. Once I returned to Alaska, I worked as a real estate licensee and property manager. I found my way to AHFC while looking for opportunities to work for a mission-focused organization."
What do you do for fun outside of work?
"I try to seek adventure in the mountains. In the winter it’s backcountry snowboarding (split-boarding) and mountain biking in the summer. I also hunt and fish to fill the freezer."
Any volunteer activities you’re crazy about?
"I volunteer on the board of the local mountain bike trail advocacy organization. We build and maintain the mountain bike trails around Anchorage. I wouldn’t say I’m crazy about moving dirt around, but it supports the passion and gives back to the biking community."