Angela Brown, Hyams Foundation

TITLE: Director of Programs

FOCUS AREAS: Affordable housing, community economic development and empowerment

CONTACT: 617-426-5600 ext. 310; abrown@hyamsfoundation.org

PROFILE: Angela Brown joined the Hyams staff in July 2004, working as a senior program officer and currently the director of programs. Brown’s foundation bio shares:

Angela Brown joined the Foundation in 2004. Before coming to Hyams she was a manager with the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and The New York City Economic Development Corporation. She has a B.A. in Economics from University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Angela is a board member of Neighborhood Funders Group and New England Blacks in Philanthropy. She serves on Associated Grant Makers’ Diversity Committee and a participant in the 2011-12 Council on Foundations’ Pathways Leadership Program.

Her Neighborhood Funders Group bio shares the following information:

Angela Brown is Director of Programs for the Hyams Foundation. She serves as the staff liaison to its Program Committee, facilitating the committee's program development and oversight work. Her work has included structuring the Foundation’s $1 million program - related investment (PRI) to the $22 million Massachusetts Neighborhood Stabilization Loan Fund, stabilizing neighborhoods that hard-hit by the foreclosure crisis, oversight of its $3 million PRI to Home Funders and development of an accompanying policy agenda -- an initiative that is half-way to its goal of creating 1,000 permanent housing units for formerly homeless families in Massachusetts—and, assisting in The Foundation’s recent allocations of substantial mission-investment from within its fixed-income and cash asset-classes and in accordance with its asset allocation policy. She represents the Foundation at the local smart growth funder roundtable to link transit-oriented development, transit equity organizing and regional equity. Hyams'ss major goals are to increase civic engagement within communities of color; increase the long-term success of teens of color; and, to increase access to affordable housing for low income households.

Previously, she was a manager with the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development (New England) and the national office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (NY). She is a founding board member of New England Blacks in Philanthropy, the AGM Diversity Fellows Program, and a number of other local funder collaboratives. She holds an AB from the University of Massachusetts and an MPP from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.