Andrae Bailey is the founder and CEO of Lead Homelessness, Inc. Over the course of a career that has spanned more than two decades, Andrae has led and partnered with some of the most successful public and private sector organizations in the United States, working closely with them to help solve the tremendously challenging problem of homelessness. Throughout his career, Andrae’s goal has been to help leaders find collaborative and strategic solutions to homelessness that can truly change the landscape of their communities. And to this end, Andrae works with the top public, business, and faith leaders in a community to create measurable results and real solutions to this critical social problem.
Andrae is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, a Florida-based nonprofit corporation that led the effort to reduce Orlando’s chronically homeless population by more than 50 percent and the city’s homeless veteran population by more than 90 percent during Andrae’s 3-year tenure. So in 2015, in response to this success, Governor Rick Scott appointed Andrae to the Florida Council on Homelessness.
Andrae graduated from Heritage University and Seminary, where he received a master’s degree in Pastoral Theology. He also has completed the Crummer Business School’s mini-MBA Program, and he is an instructor at the Edyth Bush Institute of Philanthropy. Andrae is also recognized by Certified Fund Raising Executive International as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).
Andrae is the creator of the “12 Dynamics of Social Change,” a model for social advocacy that is based on historical precedent, proven scientific methodologies, and a compilation of the “best practices” from communities across America that are successfully engaging the problem of homelessness in a manner that is producing real results.
Due to his achievements, his innovation, and his reputation as a passionate advocate for the homeless and the poor, Andrae was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” Business Executives in Central Florida by the Orlando Business Journal in both 2013 and 2015, was listed in Orlando Magazine as one of Central Florida’s “50 Most Powerful People” in 2015, and was the recipient of the Orlando Sentinel’s prestigious “Central Floridian of the Year” award in 2016.
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