Andi Leopoldus started lobbying in Washington, D.C. as a volunteer in 1983, shortly after her three year old son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.
As a young adult, Brandon joined his mother in her fight to fund diabetes research. He accompanied her on trips to Washington, D.C. to explain to Members of Congress his desire to live his life without diabetes.
- In 1988, Andi became the executive director/lobbyist for an association of private residential providers to people with developmental disabilities.
- In 1997 she left the association to pursue other public policy interests.
- Since 2004 her firm has worked with providers and advocates in Colorado and in Washington, D.C.
- AKL, Inc. works on issues facing people with disabilities, welfare reform, mental health, children and families.