Andrea Chen

Andrea is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Propeller - A Force for Social Change (formally SENO, Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans).

She is a former New Orleans high school English teacher who has taught at the University of New Orleans Graduate School of Education and supervised the development of new teachers through The New Teacher Project and Teach For America. She also served as the Director of Membership and Programs at the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, where she launched programs and services for Louisiana’s charter schools, such as the $1.5 million Bridge Loan Fund and 40-school Special Education Cooperative.

She has served as Consultant to NOCCA, Curriki, and the Greater New Orleans Writing Project. She founded a local chapter of children’s literacy organization First Book-Greater New Orleans that has built the home libraries of 8,000+ New Orleans children from low-income families. She was named “40 Under 40” by Gambit Magazine, 2010 City Business “Women of the Year” honoree, and is an appointed board member of the New Orleans Business Alliance, a public-private partnership between the City of New Orleans and the private sector.

She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Anthropological Sciences, received an M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from the University of New Orleans and Harvard Graduate School of Education, and was trained in business at Dartmouth University’s Tuck School of Business.

Andrea Chen Co-Founder & Executive Director, Propeller - A Force for Social Change

Andrea Chen

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Propeller - A Force for Social Change

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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