In her late twenties, Angela left a demanding job as a management consultant to teach math to seventh graders in the New York City public schools. Several years in the classroom taught her that effort was tremendously important to success. To begin to solve the mystery of why some people work so much harder and longer than others, Angela entered the PhD program in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is now a professor and 2013 MacArthur fellow. With Dave Levin and Dominic Randolph, she founded The Character Lab with the aim of radically accelerating the science and practice of character development.
As the Executive Director, Donald leads the organization’s mission to advance the science and practice of character development. Prior to coming to The Character Lab, Donald spent 16 years, most recently as the Managing Director of College and Career Initiatives, at YES Prep Public Schools, a public charter school system in Houston, Texas. Under his leadership, he created a program recognized nationally as a model for supporting first-generation, low-income students to and through college. Donald received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a minor in International Affairs-Latin American Studies, from The George Washington University.