Angie Chen

Director of Programsshe/her

Angie believes in a future when everyone lives in safe and healthy communities, and decisions are made by the community, for the community. As the daughter of immigrants, Angie experienced the systemic challenges that people of color, immigrants, and working-class people encounter every day. Growing up in the Bay Area, she saw the widening opportunity gap and the powerful leadership of community members to organize to meet their own needs. She is grateful to work for a foundation that focuses on shifting resources and building power in low income and BIPOC communities.

“Instead of getting in the way of or trying to control social movements, philanthropy can work alongside movement leaders to organize funders and shift resources to people on the frontlines,” says Angie. As director of programs, she is trying to accomplish just that. Angie collaborates with Libra’s program team to design and implement grantmaking strategies that strengthen movement ecosystems, organizes within philanthropy to shift resources to frontline communities, and helps guide Libra’s communications and community programs.

Prior to joining the foundation, Angie was founding executive director of the Blue Sky Funders Forum, a national funder collaborative focused on expanding equitable access to opportunities to learn, play, and grow outdoors. She also served as an advisor to the Pisces Foundation during its formation and held grantmaking roles at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Pacific Forest & Watershed Lands Stewardship Council, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Before working in philanthropy, Angie spent years as a fundraiser for a community-based organization. 

Angie holds an AB in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University and a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. She teaches with Northern California Grantmakers’ New Grantmakers Institute and has volunteered with philanthropic and nonprofit organizations locally and nationally.

When she’s not working, Angie can be found outdoors, in the woods or on the beach, with her family and their ball-obsessed dog.