Director of Equity
As a proud Southsider and lover of all things Chicago, Angela has worked within the city’s policy, advocacy, nonprofit, and civil service landscapes as a way to learn from, influence and impact both the strengths and challenges of her beloved home town. In 2018, she was tapped to lead Chicago’s Youth Services Division in the Department of Family and Support Services. As Deputy Commissioner she set the strategic vision for youth services in the City of Chicago, and was a driver of strategy and impact to provide greater opportunities to the city’s underserved youth between the age of 5 to 24. With an annual budget of $56 million, the Youth Division funds over 230 programs serving over 75,000 youth across 175 partners impacting every Chicago neighborhood via three portfolios: enrichment (out of school time), employment and prevention, and intervention.
She previously served as the President of Think. Plan. Do. Consulting (TPD), where she worked with a variety of nonprofits, political and governmental entities providing them with short and long-term support in the areas of strategic planning, fundraising/grant writing, policy analysis/development and project management. Prior to TPD, Angela served as a Program Officer with The Joyce Foundation’s Education Program, spearheading their portfolio targeting grant making to support teacher quality, quality charter schools, early childhood education and the engagement of teachers, students, parents and community in education reform. She also worked for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley as a Special Assistant, where she led strategic initiatives around Ex-Offender reentry and spearheaded outreach to community-based groups and individuals to encourage their involvement in the policy process.
Angela has a strong commitment to public service is a 2018 Fellow of the University of Chicago’s Civic Leadership Academy and has previously served as Vice-Chair of the Illinois State Charter Commission, a Commissioner on the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, a board member of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, and the Illinois Department of Corrections’ Advisory Board.
Angela holds a Master’s Degree in Education Policy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-‐Champaign, and a Bachelor’s Degree in American History from Union College in Schenectady, NY.