Meet the 2021 GIA Finalists: Andrew Crecelius

Andrew Crecelius understands the value of community investment. His career began at the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, pouring time and resources into the mission of providing homes for refugees, asylees and victims of human trafficking in Indianapolis. Overseas, he coordinated a trip that provided business skills to rural farmers in Colombia. His most recent local role at Indy Chamber was in strategic planning for foreign direct investment and trade in Indiana.

In turn, his community invested in him the skills and experience to serve the country as a Foreign Service Officer. Andrew brings his Hoosier knowledge and values to his next career step in Washington, D.C.

Education:

St. Louis University – Madrid, Spain, Bachelor’s in International Studies
Butler University, Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business

Involvement

International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Annual Conference of the International Development Council, Global Gifts, America China Society of Indiana, and Citizen Class Instructor with Catholic Charities Indianapolis.

Recent Career Highlights

Andrew is the former Director of Strategy & Global Initiatives for Indy Chamber. As Director, he collaborated with numerous units of the Indy Chamber to work on the development of strategies for regional economic development, and managed foreign direct investment attraction, as well as trade promotion.

While at Indy Chamber, Andrew led the launch of the Global Indy Business Center. This Center provides a unique advantage to Central Indiana for Foreign Direct Investment, and through Andrew’s leadership, has become a source of support for international companies as they explore and launch in the Indianapolis area. He also successfully organized a region-to-region partnership between Indy Chamber and the Pays de la Loire Chamber, hosting a 20+ delegation from the Pays de la Loire region in France.

Andrew is now working as a Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State in Washington, DC.

Andrew’s favorite spots to take international visitors:

“(Some say that) Indiana doesn’t have mountains or coasts, but I would counter that – I would definitely take someone to the Indiana Dunes or down to the Ohio River for hiking or camping. We really do have those assets, maybe just a little less flashy than the coasts!”

 

Andrew and the two other Global Impression Award finalists will be celebrated at the International Citizen of the Year event on September 14, 2021. Tickets available now!