Angela Waters Austin is founder, president and chief executive officer of One Love Global, Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit corporation committed to peace, justice and opportunity that celebrated its 12th anniversary in January 2016. Angela leads One Love Global with over twenty-five years’ experience in promoting racial equity, public and community relations, fund development, marketing, special events, corporate sponsorships, program design and management. Angela organized the My Brother’s & Sister’s Keeper Michigan Network to support collective action among communities that accepted President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge. Angela is an experienced media professional who is founder, producer and host of the Equity Equals radio show which airs every weekend on www.michiganbusinessnetwork.com promoting nonprofit leaders and socials entrepreneurs that impact Michigan’s double bottom-line. Angela has co-hosted and co-produced public affairs programming for Lansing’s WLAJ-TV53 and developed educational and cultural special features for The Michigan Chronicle newspaper. Angela serves as co-chair of the Within Our Lifetime Network Communications Working Group.
Angela is a native of Detroit and a 1990 graduate of the University of Michigan, with a B.A. in communications. In 1998, Angela founded DiverseCity Design & Communications, Inc. to help nonprofit organizations build capacity through strategic partnerships with the private and public sector. These partnerships generated millions of dollars in new philanthropy for social change and engaged leadership from grassroots organizations such as Alkebu-lan Village, Children’s Aid Society and Lula Belle Stewart Center and connected them with resources of public and private entities such as Chrysler, Comerica, Heron Foundation, The Skillman Foundation, US Department of Health & Human Services, Wayne County and the City of Detroit. As an advocate for social enterprise, Angela has collaborated with various cultural, arts and advocacy organizations including the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, Greater Pontiac Community Coalition, Keeper of the Word Foundation, The Park West Foundation and Pioneers for Peace, to develop strategies and programs to break the cycle of poverty through programs for youth and young adults.
Angela currently resides in Lansing, MI and through One Love Global’s social enterprise division, serves as point of contact to the White House My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Challenge and convener of MY Lansing MBK. Angela’s past service includes advisory board member of The Church of Greater Lansing, Capital Area College Access Network, and co-chair emeritus of the Power of We Consortium. The fruits of Angela’s service through One Love Global includes founding the Peace & Prosperity Youth Action Movement and co-authoring a report on policy reform with Community Voices at the Morehouse School of Medicine entitled, “Our Youth, Our Future: Advancing Strategies for Change”. In June of 2013, Austin worked with a team to pilot focus groups as one form of capturing student voice and drafted a report on behalf of Michigan Department of Education, “African American Male Student Voice”, that is a school improvement reference for educators across the state. Angela has been awarded for service by the Ingham Change Initiative and was chosen by Zeta Phi Beta Greater Lansing Chapter as Woman of the Year 2012, and is the recipient of the 2015 Greater Lansing Area Club (GLAC) of the National Association of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. Award for Business Excellence.
Angela is the founder of m.a.d.e. ALLIANCE, a creative social enterprise venture promoting education, leadership development, and economic justice through media, arts, design, and entertainment partnerships. In May 2014, the m.a.d.e. ALLIANCE celebrated the 5th Annual Lansing Hip Hop Festival with family focused events promoting social justice, education, and peace.