“The secret sauce of The Skillman Foundation is its focus on youth power. We understand that in the primarily young, primarily Black and Brown city of Detroit, young people must be the designers of their own destiny whose vision leads us to the liberatory future we all deserve.”
Angelique Power is president and CEO of The Skillman Foundation, as of September 13, 2021.
Born and raised on the southside of Chicago by a white, Jewish mother who was a Chicago Public School teacher and an African American father who rose to be Sergeant in the Chicago Police force, Angelique has an intense passion for catalyzing new ways of thinking about racial equity and social justice.
Prior to The Skillman Foundation, Angelique was president of the Chicago-based Field Foundation. During her tenure, she designed a journey with staff, board, and nonprofit partners to center racial justice, changing how it funds and who it funds, created accountability structures for community to review its work, rethought metrics, created heatmaps that illustrate the design of inequity within Chicago, and updated its investment policy. Under Angelique’s leadership, the Field Foundation doubled the size of its giving and its programming, including adding new streams of funding for individuals and for-profit media organization.
Angelique co-founded Enrich Chicago, dedicated to anti-racism organizing, and helped to found Just Action, a collaborative of 200+ organizations and individuals focused on helping institutions activate their 2020 racial equity statements. Additionally, she led a COVID Mapping Project with over 20 foundations, community partners, and nonprofits with an interactive planning tool to aid in systems change to solve for the racial disparities found in the pandemic. Angelique also co-conceptualized, with former Chicago Bear Israel Idonije, the nation’s first collaborative community workspace dedicated to social impact entitled The Impact House. She chairs the board of 6018North and sits on the board of the Julian Grace Foundation.
Angelique has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan.
She lives in the Detroit area with her husband Sean and their 11-year-old daughter Sadie Louisiane.