Angela Blanchard Joins Business Innovation Factory’s Board of Directors

Providence, R.I.—The Business Innovation Factory has elected Angela Blanchard, President and CEO of BakerRipley, to its Board of Directors.

Blanchard has led the Houston-based BakerRipley for more than 30 years to become the largest community development organization in Texas, operating with an annual budget of $250 million and serving more than half a million people. She is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and has been the recipient of three invitations to the White House.

“Angela Blanchard is a role model in the field of citizen-centered innovation and community development,” said Saul Kaplan, BIF Founder and Chief Catalyst. “I could not be more excited and proud to welcome Angela to the BIF Board, and I know that Angela will make an extraordinary contribution to BIF’s continued success.”

A globally recognized expert practitioner in community development, disaster recovery and long-term integration for immigrants and refugees, Blanchard has been profiled in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. Fast Company magazine named her one of the Top 1000 Most Creative People in the Nation. She is sought out by leaders and thinkers to conduct strategy sessions, deliver keynotes and individual workshops on BakerRipley’s innovative strength-based approach to community development, and has twice appeared as a storyteller at the Business Innovation Factory Annual Summit.

“It’s an honor to join the board of an organization that works at the nexus of community, business, government and innovation,” said Blanchard, “and nurtures transformative collaborations.” 

Blanchard will assume her place on the BIF Board immediately.  


Sergio Suhett
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