Shelley Lauten to Lead Central Florida Commission on Homelessness

Rethink Homelessness on October 18, 2016

ORLANDO — In its ongoing efforts to end homelessness in our region, the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness is pleased to announce the unanimous selection of Shelley Lauten as our new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Andrae Bailey, the current CEO. This change will begin on October 24 and commence fully on November 22 of this year.

“I’m honored by the faith the leaders of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness have placed in me,” said Shelley Lauten, former managing partner at TriSect. “I’m grateful for Andrae Bailey’s pioneering leadership to draw much-needed attention to the issue of homelessness and I’m appreciative of all the partner organizations in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties working together to serve our most vulnerable citizens.”

The CEO Search Committee of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness was looking for someone with experience in leading regional efforts, someone who understands multi-sector, multi-jurisdictional environments, someone with extensive knowledge of board management and governance, plus a commitment to homelessness with deep knowledge of the Housing First model we have used.  “Shelley absolutely meets those qualifications and much more,” said Dr. David Swanson, Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, and the leader of the committee that selected Lauten.

Lauten comes to CFCH after many years of work across our region, including serving as President of and executive positions at Walt Disney World.  Most recently, she has been the Co-Founding Partner of triSect, a strategy consulting firm focused on community engagement.  She is already well-known in our community as an accomplished strategist who can get things done through collaborative, effective leadership.

“We have made incredible progress in helping those who are homeless on our streets the last three years. Shelley has the passion, dedication, and civic experience to take this community movement and turn it into a lasting way our region does business every day to help those without a roof over their heads,” said Andrae Bailey, current CEO of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness.

“We are thrilled to have Shelley Lauten as our new leader.  She will build upon and expand what Andrae started.  Her range of consensus building, coordination among partnering organizations, and strategic thinking for a region is outstanding.  I am looking forward to learning from her and supporting her,” commented Dr. Joel Hunter, Managing Chair of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness Board of Directors.

Read more about Shelley Lauten and the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness in this Orlando Sentinel article

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