Chief Executive Officer
For as long as she can remember, Angela’s passion has been to give. Her original plan was nursing school and becoming a midwife. She did go on to become a certified Doula, but instead of bringing new life into the world, she was led to make sure those already here could have a better life through her work for organizations to include Art 180 and The YMCA. Continuing in the giving and nurturing spirit, in 2004, she founded Camp Diva in Richmond, Virginia to honor Diva Mstadi Smith-Roane, a five-year-old girl who died in a firearm accident earlier that year. In October 2013, Camp Diva merged with California-based Girls For A Change (GFAC). In 2015 she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business administration from ECPI University. She quickly realized that she needed to strengthen her skill training and education to build something she believed in.
As GFAC’s leader, Angela was recognized in Richmond (VA.) press in 2015 as a Top 40 under 40 by a coalition of girl-serving groups that identified GFAC as one of five programs to note. She has also been recognized for her long-term partnership with the NoVo Foundation. She is
In 2016, President Obama recognized Patton as a White House Champion of Change for after-school programming for marginalized girls of color. Armed with a degree in Business Administration, Angela was able to gain recognition for GFAC, an organization with an unpopular cause, which she has managed with little resources and a shoestring budget, as the 2018 Non-Profit of the Year.
Now, for over 20 years, Angela has been a committed ambassador for who she calls "at-promise" girls, as opposed to "at-risk" girls. Angela’s TED Talk—describing Girl Action Teams, in addition to father-daughter dances for incarcerated dads and their "at-promise" girls—has been viewed over 800,000 times. She has been featured on ABC World News, Inside Edition, NPR and This is Life with Lisa Ling. When Angela isn’t inspiring change, advocating for gender equality, promoting opportunities and empowering girls, she is hanging with her family in Richmond, VA., enjoying festivals and concerts with her husband and motivator, Raymond Patton, and their loving children, Imhotep and Asani. She is also part of the speaking circuit and is available for speaking engagements and to speak about her work with girls and getting girls to share their experiences, as well as for consulting.
National Board Of Directors
Board President, Investor
Board Vice President,
Virginia State University
Board Treasurer, Retirement Consultant,
Lincoln Financial Group
Christine Haines Greenberg
CEO of Urban Set Bride + the Hive Wedding Collective
Maureen Jules-Perez Vice President of Technology - Capital One
Charles P. Taylor
Independent Insurance Agent
GFAC Staff Members
Tasha Chambers Program Coordinator
Coach Nickey Girl Action Team National Trainer
Na'Kera Richardson Chesterfield Branch Director
To apply for the Richmond Board, please submit application and cover letter to our CEO Angela Patton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Term starts in Winter 2019.