Angela Blanchard is a globally recognized expert practitioner in community development, disaster recovery and effective long-term integration of immigrants and refugees. Angela Blanchard will join the Swearer Center from Houston, Texas where she serves as the President and CEO of BakerRipley, Texas’ largest community development organization. Blanchard currently is a leading expert in community development, disaster recovery and effective long-term integration for immigrants and refugees.
In September, in the midst of leading BakerRipley’s long-term disaster recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey, Blanchard was recognized as the recipient of the 2017 Heinz Award in the Human Condition. After more than 20 years as CEO and the end of 2017, Blanchard will continue working with the BakerRipley team as President Emerita, before joining the Swearer Center for her appointment. The nonprofit currently serves more than a half-million people across 48 counties.
“My life’s work has been about creating welcome–establishing landing places and on-ramps to opportunity in cities,” Blanchard said in a statement. “Over the past 25 years, working with a tribe of social entrepreneurs, we built a lasting institution in Houston. Creating opportunities to earn, learn and belong for over half a million people each year, and finding solutions to challenges that the rest of the country will face in the next decade.
“We share an unshakeable belief in the human spirit, an authentic curiosity about people and their journey, and the will and work ethic to deliver on community aspirations,” Blanchard added. “I appreciate the opportunity to share what we’ve learned. I’m even more excited about learning from other like-minded changemakers.”
Read more about the residency here.