Andy Duran

Andy Duran

Andy Duran has been the chief executive of LEAD since May 2012. In the past 8 years, Andy has taken LEAD from a small community organization into a Nationally recognized prevention organization that offers programs and services all over the country.  One of his biggest accomplishments is the development of Text-A-Tip, a 24/7 crisis text line that is now available to more than 10 million people. Andy speaks hundreds of times per year in schools, churches and communities across the United States.

Andy was recently elected to the Lake Bluff School District 65 Board of Education, where he is currently serving in his first term.

In 2004, Andy and his wife Lisa founded Camp Hope, a residential summer camp for children with disabilities in the Chicago area.
Prior to his time at LEAD, Andy served as the Executive Director of the Peacebuilders Initiative on the Southside of Chicago, and as Executive Director of the Ministry for Persons with Disabilities for Catholic Charities in Florida, where he ran a summer camp for children and teens with disabilities.
Andy and Lisa live in Lake Bluff, IL with their 2 young daughters, golden retriever, kinkalow cat and 2 guinea pigs.

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  • Role
  • Chief Executive Officer