Andrea Chen graduated from Stanford University, attended Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of New Orleans, and was trained in business at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. She began her career in education, teaching English at John McDonogh Sr. High School before training teachers with the University of New Orleans and The New Teacher Project. She subsequently oversaw grantmaking for the Louisiana Association of Charter Schools and launched the organization’s $1.5 million below-market-rate Bridge Loan Fund.
Andrea is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Propeller, a nonprofit organization that helps entrepreneurs grow their nonprofits and small businesses to tackle social and environmental disparities in New Orleans. Andrea’s work with Propeller has created over 460 full and part-time jobs for New Orleanians focused on economic development, education, food, health, and water. In addition to her work with Propeller, Andrea spearheads training on racial equity for New Orleans’ civic leaders. Andrea has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including being named to Gambit Magazine’s “40 Under 40,” a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, 2016 Business Person of the Year by Biz New Orleans, and an Aspen Institute Scholar. She is an appointed board member of the New Orleans Business Alliance, the official economic development arm of the City of New Orleans.