Angela Hartley is executive vice president and chief program officer at National Industries for the Blind (NIB), where she leads a team of professionals devoted to creating employment opportunities for people who are blind through world-class workforce training and development. Since joining NIB in 2002, Ms. Hartley has led diverse initiatives and taken on new challenges throughout the organization in the areas of government relations, corporate communications, strategic planning and direction, human resources, marketing, compliance and regulatory affairs, fundraising, and program development.
After initially serving NIB as director, external affairs, Ms. Hartley was promoted to vice president, communications and public affairs, and later to vice president, external affairs and public policy. She was named executive vice president before assuming her current position. Ms. Hartley’s accomplishments at NIB include consolidating public relations and marketing functions to drive consistent messaging; expanding the organization’s involvement and reach in government affairs; strengthening NIB’s network of contacts, coalitions, and partnerships; and developing an award-winning management training program for high-potential professionals. She works closely with NIB’s board of directors on strategic and business planning, as well as ethics and governance matters.
Prior to joining NIB, Ms. Hartley served as director of external affairs and general counsel for Blind Industries and Services of Maryland, an NIB associated nonprofit agency. Earlier in her career, Ms. Hartley participated in several entrepreneurial and small business ventures.
A Certified Association Executive (CAE), Ms. Hartley received a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from the Georgetown University Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law, a Master of Business Administration from Salisbury University’s Perdue School of Business, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas, El Paso.
Ms. Hartley is a member of the Maryland State Bar, American Bar Association, Public Relations Society of America, American Society of Association Executives, Women in Government Relations, and Leadership Greater Washington. She serves as chairperson of the World Blind Union’s Employment Working Group, which launched Project Aspiro, a career planning and employment website for people who are blind or visually impaired, service providers, friends, family, and employers. In her community, Ms. Hartley serves as chairperson for the Governance Committee of the board of directors of the Alexandria, Virginia, Chamber of Commerce.