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Angela Glover Blackwell  

Founder & Former CEO, PolicyLink

Angela Glover Blackwell is Founder in Residence at PolicyLink, the organization she started in 1999 to advance racial and economic equity for all. Under Angela’s leadership, PolicyLink gained national prominence in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, and infrastructure. Her Radical Imagination podcast debuted in September 2019, introducing listeners to a world of creative, progressive thinkers whose vision is challenging the status quo to create the change we need.

Prior to founding PolicyLink, Angela served as Senior Vice President at The Rockefeller Foundation. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Urban Strategies Council. From 1977 to 1987, Angela was a partner at Public Advocates. Angela is the co-author of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future, and she authored The Curb Cut Effect, published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2017.

As a leading voice in the movement for equity in America, Angela serves on numerous boards. She advised the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve as one of 15 members of its inaugural Community Advisory Council, and in 2020 was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to the state Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. She is the 2018 recipient of the John W. Gardner Leadership Award, presented by the Independent Sector, and in 2017, she received the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award from the University of California, Berkeley.


ESSENCE And PolicyLink Join Forces To Highlight Black Women Mayors
Last Friday, ESSENCE kicked off the partnership by holding our first of many roundtables that included Mayors LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans, La., Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge, La., Catherine Pugh, Baltimore, Md., London Breed, San Francisco, Ca., Karen Weaver, Flint, Mi., and Vi Lyles, Charlotte, NC. The discussion was spearheaded by PolicyLink founder-in-residence Angela Glover Blackwell and Judy Reese Morse, President and CEO of The Urban League of Louisiana.
Oakland attorney Angela Glover Blackwell wages fight for equity
Nearly 40 years ago, when San Francisco’s struggling Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood was losing yet another business to hard times — in this case, a grocery store — one attorney had seen enough.

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