Angelou’s love for the environment stretches far back to when she was a little girl who had the chance to escape the dense urban streets of Jersey City, New Jersey, to summer in upstate New York.
After a brief stint of practicing law, it was through her work as a Legal Specialist for the New Jersey State Agriculture and Development Committee that Angelou embarked upon a career as an environmentalist.
Angelou further honed her skills as a Project Manager for the Trust for Public Land (TPL) in both its New Jersey and Georgia offices. In her position, Angelou acquired land for preservation and worked on the New York/New Jersey Highlands Program, Parks for People-Newark, the New York/New Jersey Harbor Program in New Jersey, the Atlanta Beltline and the 20 County Regional Greenspace Initiative in Georgia. While at TPL, Angelou realized the disconnect between the land that was being preserved and the education of people about that preservation—particularly as it related to our next generation. This was the impetus for the Greening Youth Foundation. Under her leadership the Foundation has taken up the charge of providing environmental access to under-served children and young adults through its Public School Initiative, Youth Conservation Corps programs and the Urban Youth Corps. Greening Youth Foundation provides hands-on environmental and wellness education programming to students K-12 and access to paid internships and service crew opportunities to young adults. GYF provides its services throughout North America and West Africa.
Angelou is a graduate of Spelman College, Georgia. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida, College of Law. Angelou is a member of the National Center for Civil and Human Right’s Women in Solidarity Society, Outdoor Afro and Atlanta Audubon Society; Councilmember for The Corps Network; Advisory Board Member for the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, Keeping It Wild, Inc. and South Fork Conservancy; steering committee member of the Next 100 Coalition; and committee member of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Angelou is also a 2016 Ashoka Fellow.
Angelou lives in the city of Snellville with her husband, two sons and dog, Nina where she enjoys birdwatching. Angelou is especially fond of the Ruby-Throated hummingbird!