Angela Glover Blackwell

Angela Glover Blackwell is the founder and CEO of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. Since 1999 PolicyLink has worked to create sustainable communities of opportunity guided by the belief that those closest to the nation’s challenges are central to finding solutions.

Before founding PolicyLink Ms. Blackwell served as senior vice president at The Rockefeller Foundation directing the foundation’s domestic and cultural divisions and developing the Next Generation Leadership, and Building Democracy programs. Prior to that, in 1987, she founded the Urban Strategies Council in Oakland (CA) and received national recognition for pioneering new approaches to neighborhood revitalization. Ms. Blackwell also spent a decade as a partner with Public Advocates, a nationally renowned public interest law firm representing the underrepresented.

Today Ms. Blackwell is a national authority on poverty issues, sharing her expertise through New York Times best-selling books and newspaper articles. She has also appeared on ABC’s Nightline, NOW with Bill Moyers, and National Public Radio. She lectures across the nation on poverty and equitable development.

She serves on the boards of the Children’s Defense Fund, Sojourners, the Corporation for Enterprise Development, and the W. Haywood Burns Institute, co-chairs the Center for American Progress task force on poverty, and sits on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Commission to Build a Healthier America.