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Chevalier Lovett

Chief Operating Officer

Chevalier Lovett (he/him, they/them) proudly serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Florida Rising. Born and raised on the historic West Side of Winter Park, FL – Chevalier has spent more than 15+ years in senior leadership positions in local & national roles within the nonprofit sector which includes positions with the YMCA, City Year and legacy Organize Florida. A first-generation college graduate, he has done academic studies at several notable institutions.

Chevalier is very active in the community and serves on several notable local, state and national boards & committees which currently includes: the Contigo Fund, Hope CommUnity Center, Executive Nominating Board for the City of Orlando, on the Board of Trustees of the Winter Park Public Library, as an Executive Board Member for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando & Osceola County, Poverty Solutions and Opera America’s Racial Justice national committee & National Trustees Committee.

In recognition of his service to the community, he was named 2020’s Most Influential by Winter Park Magazine and he was also named as a finalist in two categories in Orlando Weekly’s Magazine Best of 2021 awards (Best Local Big Shot Who’s Not an Elected Official and Best Local Leader During the Pandemic) and named as a finalist in Best of 2022 in three categories (Best Local Influencer, Best Local Big Shot Who’s Not an Elected Official and Best Local Leader During a Pandemic). In 2023, he was named the Diversity Game Changer by the Orlando Magic & Florida Blue. Chevalier believes his existence is to be a voice and to fight alongside & with marginalized communities. Particularly those that come from low-income BIPOC communities, the LGBTQIA+ space, youth & education, young leaders and for those that are committed to the Peace Movement. He has been sought after as a speaker for his deep work in activism, DEI and organizational & leadership development.

In his free time – aside from spending time with family and his twin baby sons – as an active musician, you can hear Chevalier in several of the classical arts spaces across the US East Coast and as the Contemporary Worship Director for First United Church of Winter Park.