Andrew Olivastro is vice president of <a href="http://www.edelman.com/">Edelman's</a> Washington, D.C., corporate practice. The opinions expressed here are his own; yet they have been developed through experience at the highest levels of politics, public policy, and public engagement. Throughout his career, Olivastro has counseled Fortune 500 companies - including six of the top 10 - on message development and strategy, and directed executive engagement efforts for elected officials, Cabinet secretaries, corporate, political and non-profit leaders. <br /> <br /> A passionate advocate for free markets, Olivastro has also served in multiple communications roles at <a href="http://www.heritage.org/">The Heritage Foundation</a> where he developed a depth of knowledge across many public policy issues. A <a href="http://www.claremont.org/projects/projectid.27/project_detail.asp">Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow</a>, he graduated from Troy University and started his career as a newspaper reporter before becoming one of the first dot-com journalists to obtain congressional press credentials.