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
As a Program Officer, James helps manage the Angell Foundation’s support of organizations and projects that cultivate compassionate, empathic leaders. These initiatives provide opportunities for self-reflection and the development of meaningful connections with others in the hopes of inspiring people to lead their lives with integrity and a greater sense of purpose.
Prior to returning to Los Angeles in 2017, James spent nearly 14 years at various philanthropic institutions in New York. These included his roles as a Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and as part of the team managing the Environment and Contemplative Practice Programs at the Nathan Cummings Foundation.
In addition to his graduate and undergraduate degrees, James served as the Chair of the New York chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and on the boards of several organizations, including the Petey Greene Program.
Janis Minton has served in the role of Senior Advisor since 2002, when she joined the Angell Foundation to assist in early strategic development. Janis continues to support the Foundation through innovative grantmaking strategies and by building trusting relationships in the philanthropic community.
Janis has over thirty years of experience in the philanthropic and non-profit sectors. In 1995, she founded a boutique consulting firm called JMC Philanthropic Advisors, through which she provided management and philanthropic advisory services to family and corporate foundations and individual donors. In her continuing role as President of JMC, Janis strives to develop each client’s passion for investing in an effective strategy for change, creating an impact through meaningful and focused grantmaking.
Prior to forming JMC, Janis founded and directed The Day Care Consultation Project under the auspice of Cedars Sinai Medical Center. She also served as the Director of the Santa Monica Unified School District’s Ocean Park Children’s Center, which provided families with elementary education and childcare. In addition, Janis worked with the Los Angeles County Department of Education in the field of special education with autistic children.
Janis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Human Development, Early Childhood, and multiple teaching credentials. Her contributions to the nonprofit community have been recognized by the City of Los Angeles, the California State Assembly, and the California State Senate. Janis has been an advocate for social change throughout her career and also mentors young non-profit leaders in the Los Angeles area. Janis believes that transformation occurs through the give-and-take of long-term relationships. With each passing day, she is honored to have the opportunity to make a difference and to serve as an advisor to the Angell Foundation.