President and CEO, PolicyLink
Angela Glover Blackwell, president and CEO, started PolicyLink in 1999 and continues to drive its mission of advancing economic and social equity. Under Blackwell’s leadership, PolicyLink has become a leading voice 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, education, and infrastructure. Prior to founding PolicyLink, Blackwell served as senior vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Oakland (CA) Urban Strategies Council. From 1977 to 1987, Blackwell was a partner at Public Advocates. Blackwell is the coauthor of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010). In 2013, Blackwell and PolicyLink collaborated with the Center for American Progress to write and release All In Nation: An America that Works for All. Blackwell serves on numerous boards, including the Children’s Defense Fund and The President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.