For the past 15 years Andrea Neely, a native of Indianapolis has provided stellar leadership in her role as Area Development Director and for the past nine years as the Indianapolis Regional Development Director for UNCF. Each year the UNCF helps more than 10,000 promising African American and other students of color go to and through college with scholarships, internships and fellowships. Mrs. Neely manages office operations for Indiana and Ohio with annual campaigns of $2.5 million and other statewide initiatives. Her leadership has resulted in $70 million being raised since 2006 to support the 37 UNCF colleges and universities and minority scholars that also attend Indiana state schools. This performance was recognized nationally by UNCF in 2019 as a top performing office which has exceeded its annual campaign goal for the past five out of six years. In 2016 the Indianapolis area office was the #1 Performing Area office in the country raising $26 million also in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 she was presented with the UNCF Award of Excellence for exceeding her annual fundraising goal.
Prior to joining UNCF, this accomplished fundraiser founded and led an economic development consulting firm for 10 years. During this time her firm was recognized by President Bush in his remarks during his attendance at Indiana Black Expo’s corporate luncheon for its role in developing affordable housing for Indianapolis seniors through the local HUD office. Andrea was the first African American female consultant from Indiana to submit a $4.1 million dollar HUD 202 application that was funded and developed on time and under budget on its first submission.
Andrea has received numerous recognitions in 2014 she was recognized as a “Breakthrough Woman” in education by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. In 2011 she was named an Indiana Women of Achievement by Ball State University for promoting educational opportunities statewide. In 2009 the Center for Leadership development presented her with the Madam C.J. Walker Outstanding Woman of the Year award for her community service and leadership and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman presented her with the Partner In Progress Award for her statewide leadership in advancing education. In 2015 and 2017 Andrea was appointed by Mayor Ballard (2015) and Mayor Hogsett (2017) to serve as a member of the Indianapolis Charter School board which is key to supporting the educational landscape in Indianapolis with a focus of ensuring students receive a quality education K – 12 preparing them for a successful post secondary experience in completing their degree. She was appointed by Theresa Lubbers, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education to serve on the 21st Century Scholarship Advisory Council.
A graduate of Indiana University with a BS in Public Affairs, Neely was married to the late George Raymond Neely C.E.C; with four beautiful children, Paige, Lauren and twins Blake and Julian.