Angela Glover Blackwell
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Angela Glover Blackwell is the founder and president of PolicyLink, which is "[A] national research and action institute that works collaboratively to develop and implement local, state, and federal policies to achieve economic and social equity. It is a non-profit. PolicyLink collaborates with a broad range of partners to implement strategies to ensure that everyone—including those from low-income communities of color—can contribute to and benefit from economic growth and prosperity."
Blackwell is co-author of Searching for Uncommon Common Ground, a discussion of the persistently divisive issues surrounding race in the U.S. The book is written around the themes of the black-white paradigm versus multiculturalism, diversity versus racial and social justice, universal versus particular strategies, national versus local responsibility, and structural factors versus individual initiative.
Blackwell has served on many boards, including the Urban Institute, The James Irvine Foundation, the Foundation for Child Development, Common Cause. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Children’s Defense Fund, the W. Haywood Burns Institute, Levi Strauss and Co., and the Corporation for Enterprise Development.
For a decade, beginning in 1977, Blackwell served as a partner with Public Advocates, a nationally-known public interest law firm representing the underrepresented. She successfully litigated class action suits and developed innovative non-litigation strategies in employment, education, health and consumer affairs.