Born in Trinidad and Tobago, André has spent years working behind the scenes starting from a performance arts middle school to running lights and runway shows in high school.
A decorated United States Marine Corps veteran with multiple deployments, he honed his production skills serving as the Production Officer of the Yale Dramatic Association, the country's second oldest college theater organization, Yale School of Drama and Repertory productions, and production training at Florida International University and YSD.
Prior to moving to New York City, he kept active in Washington, D.C., captaining varied Stonewall Sports teams and running events for the Stonewall National Sports Tournament. He produced events for Capital Pride, including the Sunset Dance Party, and served as the Head of Production/Treasurer on the Board of the CHERRY Fund, the longest running charity dance event in the nation devoted to HIV and mental health/suicide prevention. At Heritage of Pride, he served as the Volunteer Captain for PrideFest, the largest LGBTQIA+ street festival in the world, and Director of Pride Island, which celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2021. Now, as the first African-American male elected to the position of Co-Chair, he is excited to shepherd the organization that serves as the stewards of the Pride movement.
Outside of his work in Pride, he has spent his professional career working in clinical research, from conducting fMRI based addiction research at Hartford Hospital, to work at various clinical research organizations in both pharmaceuticals and medical devices. After time at the Food and Drug Administration helping to create a pathway for research into tobacco and related products at the Center for Tobacco Products, he returned to private industry and now serves as the Director of Operations (US) at IQVIA MedTech, the largest global provider of clinical research services in the world.