Andrae Bailey is the founder, chairman, and president of Lead Homelessness Initiative. Working exclusively in the field of social change for the past 20 years, Andrae has led and partnered with some of the most successful organizations in America that are currently working to solve the pressing social dilemmas that plague their communities.
Throughout his career, Andrae’s goal has been to help leaders find collaborative and strategic approaches to solving social problems like poverty and homelessness. And to this end, he works with elected officials, business executives, and faith leaders to find genuine solutions to the critical issues they are trying to affect.
Prior to the launch of Lead Homelessness Initiative, Andrae served as the chief executive officer of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, the nonprofit organization entrusted with the responsibility of leading Central Florida’s efforts to end homelessness in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. As a result of Andrae’s success in his role as Central Florida’s primary advocate for the homeless, Governor Rick Scott appointed Andrae to the Florida Council on Homelessness in 2015.
Andrae graduated from Heritage University and Seminary, where he received a master’s degree in pastoral theology. He also completed the Crummer Graduate School of Business mini-MBA program at Rollins College and is an instructor at the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership. In addition, Andrae is recognized by Certified Fund Raising Executive International as a certified fundraising executive (CFRE).
In 2013, Andrae was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” business executives in Central Florida by The Orlando Business Journal. In 2016, The Orlando Sentinel selected Andrae as the recipient of their prestigious “Central Floridian of the Year” award, making Andrae the youngest person to ever receive that distinguished honor. And later that same year, Andrae was named in Orlando magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People” edition as Central Florida’s number-one person of influence in the field of philanthropy.