Influencer: Angela McCalla

The Director of Policy and Advocacy at Women’s Fund Rhode Island is all about family, Beyoncé, and connecting to something bigger than ourselves through community work


How did your love for community work start? 

I grew up watching both my parents and their love for their community. My father volunteered his time to the Cape Verdean community as he formed the first Cape Verdean dance troupe for youth. He also worked with Cape Verdean adults where he offered night school to parents who did not know how to read, write, or speak English. I watched as my mother also became a leader in the Korean community where she would volunteer her time cooking, hosting events, and eventually became the president for the Rhode Island Korean Association. I come from a long line of advocates who have always cared deeply for their community.


What advice do you have for people who want to become more involved?

There is no better feeling than to serve and help. Investing in your community always results in healthy, happy, and vibrant spaces that everyone can take pride in and enjoy. It also helps us to be connected to something bigger than ourselves.


What is your favorite part about living and working in Rhody?

The food and the people! Rhode Island is an international state, rich with some cultures that many are unfamiliar with.


Outside of serving the community and your work as a City Councilor in Newport, what are you passionate about? 

Family, empowering the younger generation, karaoke, and Beyoncé!


What are some of your favorite local businesses?

When I’m in PVD I love PAQ’s Community Cafe on Smith Street and just over the line in Johnston, Sura Korean BBQ!


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