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Angela Courtney is Alex Foundation’s executive director. Prior to Alex Foundation, Angela served as president and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for 10 years at an educational nonprofit organization that she formed, launched and expanded from statewide status to national status with operations in the States of Arkansas, Mississippi, Virginia and in the District of Columbia. In her capacity as president and COO, Angela lead a 100+-person team of educators and other professionals outside of academia to support a rigorous and high standard educational program for K-12 low income, immigrant, Limited English Proficient (LEP) and English Language Learners (ELL) students.
A former adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Angela received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her master’s degree from Webster University. Angela previously served as a curriculum and assessment consultant to the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. In her capacity as executive director, Angela leads Alex Foundation’s STE+AM (science, technology, engineering, architecture, and math) offered to middle and high school students in the Arkansas and the Delta Region throughout the year at no cost to school districts, schools, teachers, parents, or students.
Under Angela’s leadership, Alex Foundation convenes its awarding winning architecture + design summer camp in the Arkansas Delta for limited access youth.
Alex Foundation is a 2020 Dean’s Medal of Distinction presented by the University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. In 2019, Alex Foundation was awarded the National American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2019 Diversity Recognition Program Honoree for its architecture + design summer camps in the rural Arkansas Delta. This recognition celebrates architects and organizations actively committed to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion within the architecture profession. Also in 2019, Alex Foundation was awarded the AIA Arkansas Chapter AIA Diversity Award.
In 2020, Angela joined designers across the world as part of a Say It Loud Arkansas Exhibit (Great Diverse Designers Library | BEYOND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT); Angela F. Courtney | BEYOND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT.
Angela is also the author of the book titled Johnny Was His Name. The Boy Who Grew Up To Become John H. Johnson.
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