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Nory Angel

Nory Angel

President, American Leadership Forum

Nory Angel comes to the American Leadership Forum from TEACH, an education-based, nonprofit organization co-founded by Susan Sarofim that serves Houston’s public schools where she served as Executive Director.  Prior to her work at TEACH, she served as the Executive Director and CEO of SERJobs for ten years, where she led the organization to exponential growth including the successful completion of a $11.5 capital campaign to launch Houston's first Workforce Opportunity Center and Career Café.  

Ms. Angel is a proud Senior Fellow of Class XXX.  As a result of her ALF class dialogue in 2013, a conversation at Milby High School with students and local business leaders from the surrounding community, she co-founded the East End Collaborative, a coalition of residents, non-profits, government and businesses.  This collaborative continues today to enrich the neighborhood and build relationships to help address concerns in the area including founding an annual cultural celebration, Dia De Los Muertos Street Fest in Magnolia Park - which is currently in its sixth year.

Additionally, in the community, Ms. Angel serves on the boards of the Center for Houston’s Future, Project Row Houses, and the Texas Executive Women.  Previously, she served as Board Chair and longtime board member of the Greater East End Management District and as the Board Secretary of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. 

Ms. Angel is passionate about leadership and has pursued continuing leadership development at The Harvard Kennedy School of Government through their Art and Practice of Leadership Development program in 2019 and their Executive Leadership Program in 2013.  She also earned a Strategic Leadership Program Certificate from the Center for Creative Leadership and a Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program Certificate from Bank of America-Neighborhood Builder.  Additionally, she was a National Hispana Leadership Institute Senior Fellow in Class XXV in Washington, D.C.

In 2012, Ms. Angel was recognized as one of the 25 Top Women of Houston; in 2014, Ford Motor Company recognized her as a Mujer Legendaria for her work in creating green jobs for the Latino community; in 2015, she was recognized by the ROADwomen for her social justice work, by Texas Executive Women as a Woman on the Move, named one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women by Houston Woman Magazine; in 2016 was named the Impact Award Winner by the Center for Houston’s Future; and in 2019, named a Comcast Hispanic Hero. 

Ms. Angel holds a MBA from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Texas and an Intensive French Studies Certificate from L'Université de Toulon, France.  She resides in the East End with her husband Oleg Jolic who is also a nonprofit executive and a refugee from former Yugoslavia. 

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