Executive Director, Propeller
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Andrea Chen is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, a social innovation incubator in New Orleans focused on systemic change in sectors such as food access, water, public health and education. At the 2018 National Summit on the Social Determinants of Health, she will join an all-female panel of C-suite leaders for a discussion on health equity and how this principle is being integrated into their organizations.
Propeller has accelerated over 90 new ventures that have generated over $60 million in revenues and financing in the last five years. Successes include the Healthy School Food Collaborative, which has brought healthy school meals to 43% of New Orleans public schools. Propeller’s 10,000-square-foot Propeller Incubator facility is now home to over 150 socially minded companies. Andrea was named “40 Under 40” by Gambit Magazine, 2010 City Business Women of the Year, World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, and is an appointed board member of the New Orleans Business Alliance, the official economic development arm of the City of New Orleans. She completed her B.A. at Stanford University and M.Ed. at the University of New Orleans and Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Andrea began her career as a high school English teacher at John McDonogh Sr. High School and subsequently trained teachers at the University of New Orleans and The New Teacher Project. She has worked at the Louisiana Association of Charter Schools where she oversaw grantmaking for over $5 million in charter school startup funds and launched a $1.5 million below-market rate Bridge Loan Fund.