Angela Glover Blackwell is founder and chief executive officer of PolicyLink, a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing a new generation of policies that achieve social and economic equity around issues including urban sprawl and smart growth, reinvestment in low-income communities, bridging the digital divide, and eliminating racial health disparities. A renowned community building activist and advocate, Blackwell formerly served as senior vice president for the Rockefeller Foundation, where she oversaw the Foundation's Domestic and Cultural divisions. Blackwell also developed Rockefeller's Building Democracy division, which focused on race and policy, and created the Next Generation Leadership program. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Oakland (CA) Urban Strategies Council, where she pioneering innovative approaches to community revitalization.
Blackwell is co-author of Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America (published in 2002), has appeared as a guest on such shows as ABC's Nightline and National Public Radio, and has published opinion pieces in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.