Andrea Chen

Executive Director, Propeller


Andrea is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, a social innovation incubator in New Orleans focused on systemic change in sectors such as food access, water, public health, and education. Propeller has accelerated ?over 9?0 new ventures that have generated over $60mm in revenues and financing in the last five years.  Successes include the Healthy School Food Collaborative, which has brought healthy school meals to 43% of New Orleans public schools.  Propeller's 10,000 s.f. Propeller Incubator facility is now home to over 150 socially minded companies.  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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