For the past 10 years, Andrea Neely has provided stellar leadership in her role as area development director, and as the Indianapolis regional development director for UNCF over the past five years. She manages office operations for Indiana, Missouri and Washington, DC, with annual campaigns of $3.9 million and other statewide initiatives. Her leadership has resulted in $66.8 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 recently recognized nationally by UNCF in 2014 and 2015 when she was presented with the UNCF "Award of Excellence" for exceeding her annual fundraising goal and having one of the top special events in the country.
One of Indianapolis’ premier fundraising galas is the UNCF Indianapolis Masked Ball, which Andrea directs. This successful event fundraiser nets over $450,000 annually. These funds support the mission of UNCF including students from Indiana. Her latest achievement is being a member of the development team that secured a $50 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to launch of the UNCF Career Pathways Initiative to assist students attending HBCUs graduate and then transition into their career. This is the second-largest gift in UNCF history.
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 not only from UNCF; 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.
Andrea is a native Hoosier and has a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University. She is a 2012 Hoosier Fellow alumna of the Indiana University Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence. She is committed to advancing youth leadership development as a member and president of the Indianapolis Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and is married to George Neely C.E.C., and the mother of four children, Paige, Lauren, twins Blake and Julian. She is a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church.