"All-In for an America That Works for All"
March 25, 2014
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Inaugural Fellow


Angela Glover Blackwell

Angela Glover Blackwell, the founder and chief executive officer of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity, has been appointed as the inaugural Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life at Brandeis University.

Blackwell, who has more than 30 years’ experience in public interest law, philanthropic foundation public administration, and equitable policymaking, founded PolicyLink in 1999. Since then, it has become a leading national voice in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, education, and infrastructure.

“Angela Glover Blackwell is an outstanding choice for this honor,” said Brandeis President Frederick M. Lawrence. “Her contributions span multiple areas of public policy but follow a common thread that links advocacy goals to tangible improvement of public health, economic vitality and neighborhood infrastructure.”

As part of the fellowship, Blackwell came to Brandeis on March 24-25, 2014, to meet with students and faculty to discuss the field of social justice and to provide insight on effective social justice advocacy.

The Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life is hosted by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life on behalf of the Office of the President.