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    I help change-makers and leaders turn passion into practical ways of changing the world.

    As a nonprofit CEO, I’ve learned that leadership has nothing to do with position, and everything to do with being present and productive in challenging situations.

    I teach practical approaches to evolutionary leadership and proven frameworks for transforming communities and organizations.

    So we can continue to keep the conversation, and the change… going.

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    from my 30 years of experience in transforming communities.

Why I do what I do

August 25, 2014

A little more than forty years ago my passion for nonprofit work was ignited through a high school volunteer job. It was a strange situation in which I was determined to work at a home for children and they were determined I was not going to. I kept going back until the woman that founded the home overheard me appealing once again for any sort of job. Ms. Nall stomped out of her office and said “For goodness sakes, if she wants to work here that bad give her something to do.” I was launched.


Forty years later I look back and can see the strange course of my life. The direction was so clear even though I could not see it for a long time. I struggled to get through school, working and paying my way and getting help when I could. It worked out but I had no idea how rich a life I was going to have. I have spent my entire adult life with people struggling for a life better than the one they were born to, and with the people who want to help. Priceless. And skewed.

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Angela Visits the White House

June 24, 2014

whote-houseWhen Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, walked to the front of the room and said, “Welcome to the White House”… my heart beat a bit faster. I was first up in a group of speakers invited by the White House to talk about our work to rebuild communities.


The White House Forum on Urban Innovation was all about what works. And the stories were powerful. Twelve leaders brought together from around the country by the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, shared successes with a select group of top advisers to the President, federal agency officials and major national founders.

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