“The secret sauce of The Skillman Foundation is its focus on youth power, understanding that in the primarily Black and Brown city of Detroit, young people must be the designers of their own destiny and their vision will lead us all to the liberatory future we deserve.”
Angelique Power is president & CEO. Under her tenure, The Skillman Foundation has led a community-rooted strategic planning process to rethink its grantmaking and metrics. Power architected a racial equity audit internally of all grants, operations, and the endowment, allowing for transparency and accountability to community as well as mission-alignment in all policies and practices. One immediate outcome from the audit was an ESG process with The Skillman Foundation’s OCIO and Investment Committee setting racial equity goals for the first time in the Foundation’s history. An admirer of Generation Z, Angelique elevated the role of her President’s Youth Council to catalyze a reinvention of the Foundation’s grantmaking process and to ensure youth have a presence and voice at decision-making tables across Michigan, including at the Mackinac Policy Conference and Crain’s Detroit Homecoming, where they were the youngest presenters in the history of both events.
Prior to The Skillman Foundation, Power was president of the Chicago-based Field Foundation and a program director at the Joyce Foundation. Additionally, she led communications and community engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and community relations efforts across the nation for Target Corporation.
Power chairs the board of 6018North and serves as a board member for CultureSource and Detroit Public Theatre. She serves on Mayor Duggan’s Workforce Development Board. Angelique has a BA from University of Michigan and both an MFA and an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Angelique is the lucky wife to her photographer husband, Sean, and mom to a very cool and thoughtful thirteen-year-old, Sadie.