Women of Worth: Meet Andrea Chen

October 16, 2015 | By | Comments (3)
Photo: Robbie Caponetto

Photo: Robbie Caponetto

Editor-at-Large Jenna Bush Hager knows that real beauty comes from within. This month, she’s highlighting four women dedicated to improving the lives of Southerners in need. 

Andrea Chen, The Nonprofit Capitalist
New Orleans
Executive director, Propeller

The Need
“When I was teaching high school English in 2004, many of the kids were reading at the second- or third-grade level. Things needed to change.”

Her Mission
“After Katrina, there was so much energy within the community—people helping and advocating for the city. We feared that would end three or five years after the storm, but 10 years later, we find people more engaged than ever. We help companies that focus on four sectors: water, education, food, and health care.”

The Work
“We’ve been able to kick-start a wide range of enterprises—ranging from wetland-restoration agencies to healthful school food programs. We provide workspaces, help them raise money, and create business plans.”

The Reward
“You won’t find a group of people more passionate than social entrepreneurs who want to better their community. This fall, we expanded our accelerator from 15 start-ups a year to 40-plus impact ventures.”


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