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Angela Glover Blackwell

Founder in Residence


Angela Glover Blackwell is founder in residence of PolicyLink, a leader in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, education, and infrastructure. Before she founded PolicyLink in 1999, she 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, she was a partner at Public Advocates. She coauthored Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future (Norton & Co., 2010); in 2013, PolicyLink collaborated with the Center for American Progress to write and release All-In Nation: An America That Works for All. In addition to serving on the PPIC Statewide Survey Advisory Committee, she serves on the Children’s Defense Fund board of directors, the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, and many other boards and commissions.