Angell Foundation invests in transformative opportunities, cultivates compassionate leaders, and partners with organizations committed to creating a more equitable world. We fund high-impact efforts that effect change in three main issue areas: Education As Opportunity, Food Equity, and Transformational Leadership.
We strive to fund organizations with accountable leadership and caring staff who treat people with compassion and respect. We favor organizations that have a clear mission and clear goals, as well as an explicit commitment to maintaining a healthy internal culture.
Central to our efforts is the belief that when people treat one another with dignity in their professional and personal lives, they build more authentic relationships and, as a result, are better equipped to make a positive impact in their communities.
David & Lynn Angell
Angell Foundation honors the legacy of David and Lynn Angell, who believed that every person should have an equal opportunity to achieve his or her full potential. The couple tragically lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The Foundation embodies the compassion and dedication to helping others that they exhibited during their lives.
We believe that our team’s diversity of backgrounds and perspectives amplifies our organization’s effectiveness and enhances the social impact that our grants can make.
With a wide breadth of experience in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors, our team shares a commitment to narrowing gaps of opportunity so that all individuals–regardless of their backgrounds–are able to lead fulfilling lives.
Perry Oretzky has directed the Angell Foundation since September 11, 2001. As President and Chief Executive Officer, he has overseen the Foundation’s grantmaking, investments, and development activities.
In addition to his work with the Foundation, Perry has also served as a Certified Public Accountant in Los Angeles since 1970, specializing in taxation for individuals and business management. Committed to public service, Perry has also been involved with numerous charities on an ongoing basis since 1973, including Family Service of Los Angeles, United Way of Los Angeles, Metivta, Inc, and Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills.
Perry holds a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting from UCLA and a J.D. from Loyola Law School. He has a brilliant wife and two adult children.
Angel Roberson Daniels, Executive Director, oversees the Angell Foundation’s strategic direction and daily operations. In her role, she manages and works closely with the Angell team to administer its annual grantmaking portfolio, stewards collaboration with partners and guides the overall planning, communication and assessment efforts.
Throughout her career, she has worked with foundations and community-based organizations to design and evaluate initiatives that produce positive outcomes for underserved and under-resourced communities. Prior to joining the Angell Foundation, Angel spent six years at First 5 LA where she lead organizational strategic planning efforts and was instrumental in the allocation of over $800 million in investments designed to benefit young children and their families. As an evaluator with the UCLA Technical Assistance Group, she facilitated assessment and planning efforts for local public health agencies and worked on issues stemming from the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS to tobacco control.
Angel serves on the Board of the Liberty Hill Foundation, Boston Opportunity Agenda, African American Board Leadership Institute and LeadersUp. She chairs the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective and is former co-chair of the Los Angeles Partnership for Early Childhood Investment. Angel has a profound commitment to supporting the personal and professional development of transformational leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. She is the facilitator for the Southern California Grantmakers’ Emerging Leaders Program, presenter for Fundamentals of Grantmaking and African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI) and has served as a coach for the Alchemy leadership development program. Angel is a past Leadership Fellow and member of the Association of Black Foundation Executives.
Program Officer, Education As Opportunity and Food Equity
Marisa Colón serves as a Program Officer for the Angell Foundation and is responsible for the strategic implementation of two of the Foundation’s portfolios: Education As Opportunity and Food Equity. These focus areas invest in programs, initiatives, and coordinated strategies that provide transformative opportunities to individuals and communities which seek to break intergenerational cycles of poverty, leading to the well-being of vulnerable families and individuals.
Marisa continues to be an active participant in the philanthropic community in Los Angeles. She is engaged in the Southern California Grantmakers’ Heart of Philanthropy Leadership Program and served as a steering committee member of the Los Angeles chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. She is deeply committed to expanding opportunities that lead to greater educational equity, diversity of leadership, and prosperity for underserved and under-resourced communities.
Program Officer, Transformational Leadership
Leah Hong is a social justice practitioner with a background in the arts and youth work, and has dedicated over a decade working within the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She currently serves as Program Officer, stewarding the Angell Foundation’s Transformational Leadership portfolio. This focus area supports cohort-based programs nationwide that nurture the development, wellness and personal transformation of movement organizers, community-based, public and social sector leaders.
Prior to her role at Angell Foundation, Leah served as Program Partner at Imago Dei Fund and Director of Community Impact at Letters Foundation. She is a past Fellow of New Leaders Council and the Community Leadership and Social Change Fellowship at Institute for Nonprofit Practice. As a former frontline youth worker, Leah strives to embed a trust-based framework within her philanthropic practice, to mitigate the power differential between funders and nonprofits, and to create the conditions for a more just, intersectional, and compassionate ecosystem where all communities may thrive. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from The New School in New York City, and an MSW from Boston University School of Social Work.