Andy Duran has served as the Executive Director of both LEAD and the SpeakUP! Prevention Coalition since May 2012. Equipped with years of experience working with youth and a new approach to drug prevention, Andy has developed LEAD into a nationally recognized organization that offers trainings, workshops and technical assistance for organizations all over the country. Locally, through the efforts of the SpeakUP! Coalition and its community stakeholders, substance use rates have declined by record margins.
In addition to working for years in the Archdiocese of Chicago in various roles with youth, Andy also served as the Executive Director of the Peacebuilders Initiative – a dynamic and unique leadership development program based on the South Side of Chicago that trains youth for advocacy and leadership around a variety of social justice issues, including substance abuse prevention.
In addition to his non-profit experience, Andy has worked as a marketing and social media consultant for organizations of all types and sizes. Over the past 2 years, Andy has spoken in 20 states in the areas of youth development, drug prevention, social media, coalition development and mobilization, prescription drug prevention strategies, medical marijuana and more.
Andy is passionate about the lives of young people, and about the adults who serve them.
Andy lives in Lake Bluff, IL with his wife Lisa, and their two young daughters and hopes, that under his direction, LEAD will continue to develop into a model prevention organization that other communities across the country can follow. Prevention Works!