Vice President of Program and Strategy
As a proud Southsider and lover of all things Chicago, Angela has worked within the city’s policy, advocacy, nonprofit, civil service and philanthropic landscapes to learn from, influence and impact both the strengths and challenges of her beloved hometown. As Vice President of Programs and Strategy she works to ensure the Foundation’s programs and organizational activities are fully aligned with its mission, vision, and values, centering racial equity and racial justice focused grantmaking that reflects our desire to be purposeful in working to remedy philanthropy’s history of unjust practices, policies, and outcomes.
Prior to joining Grand Victoria, she led the Youth Services Division in the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services as Deputy Commissioner where 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.
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 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. In 2018 she was a Fellow of the University of Chicago’s Civic Leadership Academy, and has previously served as Vice-Chair of the Illinois State Charter Commission, as 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.