Andrea Chen

Andrea Chen

Andrea oversees the Propeller team, operations and strategic direction.

Andrea began her career as a high school English teacher at John McDonogh Sr. High School and subsequently trained teachers at the University of New Orleans and The New Teacher Project. She has worked at the Louisiana Association of Charter Schools where she oversaw grantmaking for over $5 million in charter school startup funds and launched a $1.5 million below-market rate Bridge Loan Fund. She was named “40 Under 40” by Gambit Magazine, 2010 City Business Women of the Year, World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, and is an appointed board member of the New Orleans Business Alliance, the official economic development arm of the City of New Orleans. She graduated from Stanford University, attended Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of New Orleans, and was trained in business at Dartmouth University’s Tuck School of Business.

Andrea Chen

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Propeller Social Venture Fund: Building an Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in New Orleans

Despite an entrepreneurial renaissance since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans’ emerging small businesses and nonprofits, particularly those founded by entrepreneurs of color, continue to face difficulty accessing capital. A new $1 million fund will support and scale innovative ventures of entrepreneurs of color. Working Towards a More Equitable City Since 2009, Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation has worked to grow and support …

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