Angela Groves joined the Friends of the Children network in 2013 as the inaugural Executive Director of the Klamath Basin, Oregon chapter. She transitioned to her role on the National Team in 2017. Angela leads a diverse portfolio of expansion and resource development functions for National, playing a key role in our goal to ensure that every child who needs a Friend has one as we grow to 45 locations by 2025.
She leads expansion to various communities, specializing in regions that desire to bring our model to rural populations beyond urban centers. Her expansion role spans from raising capital seed funding and securing cross sector support, through full launch and implementation activities in the early years. Angela represents our work in rural communities and regions nationally, leading conversations and initiatives around rural service navigation and best practices.
She oversees the National grants team, which is tasked with securing funding for National operations, expansion seed capital funding, and providing contracted grant writing services to over 20 Friends of the Children locations across the US. Angela developed our unique contracted grant services support model, which incorporates a combination of strategic consult and high-quality content creation with a focus on collaborative relationships.
Angela’s successful tenure as an Executive Director in the network provides experience and expertise that informs her approach to working with and supporting our growing network of chapters and leaders. This includes onboarding new leaders, as well as providing ongoing consult and support of development efforts both at National and across the network.
Angela graduated from Portland State University and is a Leadership Klamath and Ford Institute Leadership alumnus. Angela and her husband and two boys reside primarily in La Pine, Oregon and also call Miles City, Montana home.