Andrea Chen

About Me

Andrea Chen is the Founder and Executive Director at Propeller, a New Orleans-based non-profit that grows and support entrepreneurs tackling social and environmental disparities. Since 2009, Propeller has launched over 100 entrepreneurs working to ensure all New Orleanians can live healthy, fulfilling lives free of racism, poverty, and other systems of oppression. Andrea was named “40 Under 40” by Gambit Magazine, 2014 Aspen Institute Scholar, 2014 BALLE Fellow, 2014 Norman C. Francis Institute Fellow, and 2010 City Business Women of the Year. She completed her B.A. at Stanford University and M.Ed. at UNO and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Propeller: Supporting Social Ventures and Inclusive Entrepreneurship in New Orleans

The views expressed in this post are solely those of the author.    When I started Propeller, our focus was on harnessing the momentum of social and environmental progress in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The storm and its aftereffects laid bare issues that had existed long before the levees broke: failing schools and generational poverty, astonishing health disparities between the rich and the poor, simultaneous obesity and food insecurity, all in a city so vulnerable to extreme weather events. Since then, it has been our mission to support entrepreneurs solving those pressing challenges. We’ve graduated over 100 social ventures from our programs, and through their hard work, we are starting to see positive change.

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