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Angela Glover Blackwell

Angela Glover Blackwell



Angela Glover Blackwell

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

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  • Poverty in America
  • Race and Democracy
  • Post-Katrina Rebuilding
  • Healthy and Affordable Communities



A national leader for social justice and equity, Ms. Blackwell seeks to strengthen America by creating stronger low-income communities and communities of color. A former senior vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation, she has appeared on Nightline, PBS’s NOW, and is a frequent commentator on public radio’s Marketplace and The Tavis Smiley Show. She has also been featured on the opinion pages of The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.



Howard University, B.A., sociology

University of California–Berkeley, Boalt Hall, J.D.



Selected Articles, Publications, and Media Appearances

The Covenant with Black America, collaborator with Tavis Smiley (Third World Press, 2006). Chapter title: “Ensuring Broad Access to Affordable Neighborhoods.”

Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America with Manuel Pastor and Stewart Kwoh (W.W. Norton & Co., 2002).

Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream, edited by John Edwards (The New Press, 2007). Chapter title: “Fighting Poverty with Equitable Development.”

The Geography of Opportunity: Race and Housing Choice in Metropolitan America, edited by Xavier de Souza Briggs (Brookings Institution Press, 2005). Chapter title: “Equitable Development for a Stronger Nation: Lessons from the Field.”

The Black Metropolis in the 21st Century: New Challenges Facing Cities, Suburbs, and Metropolitan Regions, edited by Robert Bullard (Rowman & Littlefi eld Sociology Series, 2005). Chapter title: “Achieving Equitable Development.”

Regional Equity and the Quest for Full Inclusion, PolicyLink, 2008.

Featured Speaker, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, Four-part PBS Documentary, 2008.

Co-host, “Below the Line,” Seven-part Poverty Series, The Tavis Smiley Show, 2008.

Learning from New Orleans,” San Francisco Chronicle, Op-ed, August 29, 2007.

Men and Boys of Color in Crisis,” KQED, Nov. 19, 2007.

Crisis Can Lead to Affordable Housing,” Marketplace, Commentary, Feb 21, 2008.

What Took So Long to Address Poverty?” Marketplace, Commentary, July 19, 2007.

The Fall of Gentrifi cation,” Marketplace, Commentary, May 30, 2007.

Poor People Gotta Eat Too,” Marketplace, Commentary, February 13, 2007.