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FirstGen Partners, LLC, provides consulting and coaching that helps those seeking to create good in the world maximize their impact. 



FirstGen Partners focuses on two key organizational pillars: 

Culture and Leadership
Program Innovation and Design

Through relationship building with key executives and associates, we provide the following:

  • Core value exploration and articulation

  • Diversity, equity and inclusion assessment and strategy

  • Executive coaching

  • New program development and implementation support

  • Convening design and facilitation


angela cobb

Angela Cobb

Founder and CEO of FirstGen Partners, LLC., Angela Cobb works with education organizations and social enterprises to create positive change in the world. Her 25-year career spans a myriad of social issues in the public and private sectors. 

Angela is an expert in driving positive organizational change through strong leadership with an equity lens. She also has extensive experience launching and leading large-scale initiatives and social impact ventures such as:

  • The New Options Project - a three year, $28M investment of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that focused on connecting opportunity youth to employment.

  • The Purple Purse - An Allstate Foundation signature philanthropic program focused on economic empowerment for survivors of domestic violence. 

  • Serving as the first Chief Diversity Officer at Teach for America, the country's national teaching corps.


Angela spent the early part of her career with Deloitte, where she managed diversity and community outreach programs, worked in change management consulting and was an auditor.

Angela received her MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where she received a B.B.A. in Accounting.


A few of Angela's honors include:

  • Pahara-Aspen Education Entrepreneurs Fellowship/Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network, Fall 2012 Cohort

  • Leadership Greater Chicago, Fellow, 2008 Cohort

  • The Council for the United States and Italy, Young Leaders Institute, Fellow, 2005 Cohort

Visit Angela on LinkedIn to learn more.



"Angela is skilled, dedicated and rare in the ability to move individuals and teams through the tough work of reflection and improvement.  We wouldn't be where we are today without Angela."  

- Kriste Dragon

Chief Executive Officer

Citizens of the World Charter Schools 



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