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Angela Smith Cobb

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Angela Smith Cobb
Senior Adviser
Talent Services

Angela Cobb is a senior adviser at Bellwether Education Partners and the founder and CEO of FirstGen Partners LLC, a firm that provides consulting and coaching to those seeking to create good in the world. Working within the education sector, Angela helps her clients reimagine their programs and bring a greater focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion to their work. 
 
Angela has over two decades of experience in the areas of diversity, community development, strategic philanthropy, and change management. She also has extensive experience launching and leading new philanthropic efforts and business ventures. Most recently, Angela spearheaded Frequency540’s work with the New Options Project — a three-year, $28 million investment of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that developed innovative tools and approaches to connect 16- to 24-year-old out-of-school, out-of-work young adults with meaningful career opportunities, while leading employers to a source of untapped talent. Prior to the New Options Project, Angela served as the first chief diversity officer at Teach For America. In this capacity, she led organization-wide diversity and inclusion efforts and was a member of the organization’s leadership team. 
 
In her previous work leading social impact programs at Allstate, Angela launched two major philanthropic initiatives. She was the first person responsible for bringing a strategic focus to the company’s hometown civic and cultural investments, directing over $25 million in community investments and working with The Allstate Foundation as well as other corporate functions to strengthen and amplify the impact of investments in key Chicago institutions. Angela also created and led The Allstate Foundation’s Domestic Violence Program, a signature program that seeks to create a holistic network of programs and services focused on economic self-sufficiency in order to empower domestic violence survivors and their advocates.
 
Prior to joining Allstate, Angela helped launch and bring Monster’s Diversity and Inclusion division to profitability. During her tenure, Monster refined its diversity product line and formed a key strategic partnership that doubled revenue and customers. Her experience also includes serving as program director for the ATHENA Foundation and working in various capacities at Deloitte, an international professional services firm. At Deloitte she worked in the change management consulting practice and managed the firm’s diversity and community outreach programs. As diversity manager, she worked with the firm’s senior leadership to implement firm-wide diversity initiatives, including conducting a diversity environmental assessment, enlisting leadership support, developing strategies and measurement systems, and designing and implementing minority recruitment programs. As manager of community outreach programs, Angela was responsible for managing record-breaking national, local, and regional United Way campaigns and other outreach activities. She also supported Deloitte’s former chairman and CEO in his role as chairman of the United Way of America Board of Governors.
 
Angela is a member of the board of Umoja Student Development Corporation and serves on the University of Notre Dame’s Nonprofit Professional Development Advisory Council. Past leadership and honors include serving as a trustee of the University of Notre Dame and as a member of the Advisory Council for the University’s Mendoza College of Business. Angela was also a 2008 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and completed the Pahara-Aspen Fellowship in 2014, part of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network. 
 
Angela is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where she received a master’s degree in organizational behavior and strategy. Angela is also a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she received a bachelor’s in business administration in accounting.