Angela Blanchard

President and CEO, Neighborhood Centers Inc.

Angela Blanchard, President and CEO of Neighborhood Centers Inc., is a globally recognized expert practitioner in community development, disaster recovery, and effective long-term integration for immigrants and refugees. Blanchard’s breakthrough strategies have successfully revitalized neighborhoods by leveraging Houston’s diversity, while providing a powerful model for cities across the globe facing the complex challenges of community transformation.

Under Blanchard’s leadership for more than 30 years, Neighborhood Centers Inc. became the largest community development organization in Texas and among the top 1% of charitable groups nationwide. It currently serves more than half-a-million people in 48 counties and operates with an annual budget of $250 million.

Blanchard’s genuine reverence for people and her unique ability to bring them together in unprecedented ways have played a pivotal role in the growth and impact of Neighborhood Centers Inc. Her innovative, strength-based framework—Appreciative Community Building—has set the new standard for integrating diverse populations into thriving communities. The success of her approach in the country’s fastest-growing, most ethnically diverse city positions Blanchard as a visionary leader for evolutionary change. She has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company magazine, and The Houston Chronicle, among many others.

Frequently sought out by international nonprofit organizations and government leaders, Blanchard provides context and clarity for those looking to bring about local and regional change. In that capacity, she has participated in a wide range of Strategy Sessions and Learning Exchanges. These include the World Inquiry Conference 2016 (Johannesburg, South Africa), The Executive Leadership Academy (Brisbane, Australia), Habitat for Humanity International (cities across the U.S.), Civic Leader & Nonprofit Collaborative (Portland, Oregon) and Health & Wellness Alliance for Children (Dallas, Texas).

Past Conferences