Angela K. Frusciante, PhD – Principal

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Angela K. Frusciante, MRP, PhD is principal and founder of Knowledge Designs to Change, a strategic research and knowledge practice serving philanthropic organizations and the social sector.  Using approaches such as the practice’s Knowledge Opportunity Scan and co-designed processes for engaged inquiry and strategic design, Angela works in collaboration with, staff, leadership and grantee and community constituents to identify the ways groups construct knowledge for social change.

Knowledge Designs to Change is a founding partner of the Initiative for Civic Design and Public Work – a partnership with the University of Hartford’s Institute for Translational Research.  The intention for the Initiative is to promote and nurture civic engagement and action with a focus on equity and social change.  The initiative increases “civic possibility and success by serving as a creative space for: groups of residents to understand their civic influence; neighbors to develop their capacity for civic living and public work; emerging leaders and professionals to deepen their understanding of civic change and impact; issue networks to deepen both learning and practice; and for the intergenerational exchange of civic experience and know-how.”

Angela has over 20 years of experience in the social sector and is dedicated to advancing equity and supporting individuals and organizations in reaching their full potential.   As a socio-political scholar, she believes in the power of the social sector to influence larger systemic and social change through knowledge building, civic design, and increasing the effectiveness of public work.

Prior to founding Knowledge Designs to Change, Angela served as the first knowledge development officer at the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. She created and managed grant and contract investments related to organizational learning, management systems, program support, and network learning partnerships and research. She established the foundation’s statewide university learning partnerships to support research leading to increased opportunity and equity for children across Connecticut.

Before that, Angela worked in Mississippi at Jackson State University’s Urban Planning department as graduate faculty of Urban Design and coordinator of the Departments Urban Studies undergraduate program. Committed to student success and to urban communities, she was instrumental in enhancing undergraduate curriculum as a pipeline for students of color to earn advanced degrees.

Angela has built credibility in the social sector through her early knowledge practice in the areas of prison aftercare reform, housing, education, and community investment through positions in the Washington D.C. region at organizations including the Burns Academy of Leadership, the Center for Social Research and Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation.

Angela holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Policy, Planning, and Administration from the University of Maryland in College Park, with a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT.

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Angela K. Frusciante, MRP, PhD is principal and founder of Knowledge Designs to Change, a strategic research and knowledge practice serving philanthropic organizations and the social sector.  Angela has over 20 years of experience in the social sector and is dedicated to advancing equity and supporting individuals and organizations in reaching their full potential.   As a socio-political scholar, she believes in the power of the social sector to influence larger systemic and social change through knowledge building, civic design, and the effectiveness of public work.

Curriculum vitae

Angela K. Frusciante curriculum vitae