Bio for Osei David Andrews-Hutchinson:
Born in Chicago, Osei grew up in Hyde Park/Kenwood on Chicago’s South Side. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in Computer Science - Engineering with an International Minor in French Studies. During this time, Osei also studied abroad in Nancy, France from August, 1988 - July 1989 at the Ecole Nationale Supérieur d'Électricité et Méchanique (ENSEM) which is a part of the Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine (INPL) as a first year engineering student.
Osei currently resides on the South Side of Chicago in the neighborhood known as “Bronzeville”. Osei’s wife, Anita Andrews-Hutchinson, is also a UIUC grad, and is one of four partners of a 2-family run chain of daycare centers (www.thevillagellc.com). In 2008, the partners opened their own independent school, The Village Leadership Academy (www.vlacademy.org) for grades Kindergarten to 7th Grade (as of 2014). Anita and Osei have two beautiful young children, their son, Tendaji Osei Andrews-Hutchinson and their daughter, Asha Malikiya Andrews-Hutchinson, who both attend the school, and are the joy of their lives.
Professionally, Osei has worked in a variety of environments, beginning as an intern with AT&T – Data Systems Group, to a small computer Value Added Reseller (VAR) to large corporations and organizations such as McDonald’s and the American Medical Association, to an affluent suburban school district and also teaching Information Technology at the college level in a for-profit college environment. Throughout this time, Osei has gained much experience in the areas of UNIX/Linux, database management and design, networking and overall personnel management in various settings. Osei is currently the Technology Coordinator for the daycare centers and independent school mentioned above, and has been serving as one of the school’s Life Skills instructors, as a World Scholar’s Program Co-Instructor (a program the school has developed to shape our youth into global leaders, today) and the Technology Instructor. Through his role in the World Scholars Program, Osei has helped chaperone groups of 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders to Bahia, Brazil in 2010, to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2011, to the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico in 2012, to South Africa in 2013, a group of 3rd – 7th Graders to The Dominican Republic in 2014 and most recently a group of 2nd – 8th Graders to Panama in May 2015.
Osei has been active in his community and in service all of his adult life via both Non-Governmental Organizations and small community-based organizations. Under the guidance of community elders, Osei assisted in facilitating a manhood development program on the South Side of Chicago, which served as the beginnings of a Rites Of Passage program for young men 8 to 13 years old. Osei also worked with a number of inner-city Chicago Public Schools and assisted in the development of programs for young people throughout the state of Illinois via the community initiatives of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), an international Quaker-based organization. As a result of his work at the local level, Osei was asked to serve on a number of national AFSC Committees, which met all over the country, and also as a national Board Member of AFSC. Also via AFSC, Osei served on, and was also instrumental in creating, community-based youth-focused delegations to the UN World Conference Against Racism, Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance Preparatory Committee Meetings held in Geneva, Switzerland and Santiago, Chile, between 2000 and 2001 and to the actual UN Conference in Durban, South Africa in September 2001.
Osei became a Rotarian in 2001, and has continued to serve his Club, The Rotary Club of Chicago Southeast (www.rccse.org), in various leadership roles since becoming a member, including spearheading the Club’s work with youth and leadership development. Osei has also helped to facilitate the collaboration between more than 15 Clubs in Rotary International District 6450 to create the Rotary Partners For Peace initiative, which is working with community-based organizations to develop practical, youth-focused solutions to help end the senseless violence in the communities in Chicagoland, and also currently serves District 6450 on the District Board of Directors. Osei will be the first District Governor for Rotary International District 6450 of African-descent.