Alumni Changemaker: Dale Anglin

Alumni Changemaker: Dale Anglin

Advancing equity for children and families

To honor our 40 years, we're celebrating our most valuable resource - our alumni - through 40 profiles highlighting their leadership. Alumna Dale Anglin completed her fellowship at University of California, Berkeley in 1985.

Dale Anglin embodies the values of compassion, service, and innovation. She specializes in connecting stakeholders for greater impact.

After graduating with her BA in Government and African American Studies from Smith College, Dale went on to get her MPP in Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley.  

Dale credits the PPIA program with exposing her to a field she was unaware of, and has shaped her career.  She entered the workforce as a Policy Analyst for the Congressional Research Service where her efforts helped to support the legislative process, including the creation of the National Service Corporation (which her daughter took advantage of in 2019 as a City Year Corps member).

From there, she became only the second Executive Director for the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, the professional association for the public policy sector. At APPAM, she created the first guide to public policy schools and created the first internship for young people to understand the world of community development. During this time she also co-founded the Cesar Chavez High School for Public Policy, the first charter high school in the country devoted to public policy. It has now expanded to include a middle school.

Deeply versed in policy, Dale next applied her experience and skillset to the community as the Director of External Affairs and Special Projects for New Community Corporation, in Newark, NJ, one of the most comprehensive community development corporations in the nation. In this position she created two charter schools, and an international training program for other countries to learn about community development.. At the same time she created an office of development and managed a 20 person foundation board. Her leadership and organizational skills were not only evident but impactful.

“We need policy changes. We need people to understand that it’s not always people’s fault that they are poor or hungry.”

In 2006, Dale joined the The Victoria Foundation which works to improve the lives of children and families in Newark where she continued to expand her influence. Ultimately serving as the Associate Director for Programs, Dale co-led the Education Funders Network that worked with the original Zuckerberg Foundation to bring needed resources to Newark schools, co-founded the Newark City of Learning Collaborative, the first higher education network in the city, and founded the first out-of-school-time network for the city. She also remained focused on creating a STEAM pipeline to encourage career education and college success. In 2010, Dale was selected for the inaugural cohort of the Council on Foundations Career Pathways Program ( which creates a diversity pipeline for next-gen executives in philanthropy. 

Dale has always prioritized volunteer services.  She was a Board Member or chair for Bethany Cares, The Community Foundation of New Jersey, the Newark Charter School Fund, Philip's Academy Charter School and still holds this position for The Charlotte Newcombe Foundation, and Adopt a Classroom.

All of these provided opportunities for Dale Anglin to empower others and more often than not through the eyes of education.

Currently she works at The Cleveland Foundation, the fifth largest community foundation in the U.S. with assets of $2.8 billion, which aims to enhance lives and provide leadership on what matters to the community. She began in 2017 as a Program Director for Youth, Health and Human Services and now holds the position of Vice-President of Programs. During the pandemic, she helped launch and continues to lead the Greater Cleveland Covid 19 Rapid Response Fund, a collaborative of over 30 foundations, which has raised over $20 million for pandemic relief, and helped create Academic Learning Pods for over 1,200 students in the region. Through her leadership and experience, she is dedicated to bringing greater equity to families, children and communities.

With her special blend of commitment and skill set, Dale Anglin is igniting and advancing social change.  She recognizes problems and knows how to organize people and policy to bring about solutions. 


Thank you, Dale Anglin for creating innovation that cares. You initiate and follow through on matters that impact lives directly and continue to lead us to a place of inclusion where all thrive.  By valuing people and community, you are prioritizing an entire network that both sustains and is sustainable.






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