Andi Long

Young Alumni Council MemberAndi Long

Founder & CEO, Bloom Foundation

UC Irvine – 2012, B.A., humanities

 

Andi is from Oak Park, California and has always enjoyed traveling and learning about other cultures.

At UC Irvine, she studied Global Cultures and studied abroad in Rome, Italy for a semester. She was also a part of UCI Student Alumni Association and was one of the founding members of the Care-a-thon committee. Then after experiencing cyberbullying in 2009, Andi researched bullying during her studies at UC Irvine. For over 10 years, Andi has studied bullying and how it affects both children and teenagers and how we can respond to it after it happens.

In 2017, Andi co-founded Bloom Foundation (http://www.hellobloom.org) – a 501(c)(3) organization that empowers and encourages girls experiencing bullying in Southern California. Bloom Foundation teaches tools on how to navigate bullying before, during, and after it happens. Andi has spoken to over a thousand young girls and women and in her current role, she leads trainings and sessions to educate and empower others about handling bullying.

Her favorite quote that inspired her to keep trying to make the world a better place is: "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."