Founder & Executive Director

Angela R. Hines, Esq. born and raised in the NYCHA projects in Far Rockaway, Queens, has a commitment to making a difference in the lives of people in need. She has a particular interest in creating and providing positive options for women and children with a focus on minorities and the disadvantaged.

Growing up in the projects, Angela experienced the poverty, violence and failing school systems that affect the lives of the children that she wants to help. As a person that witnessed many of the same things as these children are exposed to, she feels she shares a special connection with them. Her life story has been featured in the New York Daily News and she uses it to inspire young girls because she knows that with more resources and exposure to life outside the projects, success is tangible.

From an early age, Angela has been aware of and very responsive to the needs of women and children in unfortunate and distressful situations. While in law school, she participated in the Battered Women’s Rights Clinic where she represented victims of domestic violence in child custody and support matters and helped them obtain orders of protection. She was also a teacher’s assistant for CUNY School of Law’s Economic Justice Project.

As an attorney, Angela zealously advocates for the rights of her clients on child abuse, neglect, and termination proceedings in family court. She has participated in well over five hundred court cases and more than a thousand court appearances. As part of her job, Angela also seeks out educational, counseling and extra curricular activity programs that will benefit her clients. She has been admitted to the New York State bar, U.S. District Court Southern and Eastern districts.

Angela’s story is an inspiration, not only to people living in struggle, but to who all who hear about the many obstacles she has overcome and her achievements to date.

Most recently, Angela was honored at the 2012 Best of New York Awards Dinner “Distinguished Alumna”. She is also currently an active participant in the NY Daily News Call-in, an active member of the Book Bank Foundation, and is a guest speaker for both Women who mean Business at New York City College of Technology and Balancing Dual Careers: Parenting and Lawyering at CUNY School of Law.

As an undergraduate at the New York City College of Technology, Angela maintained the Dean’s List and served as Chief Administrator of CUNY’s Citizenship and Immigration Project. She also received the Charles Matusic/Mickey Leland-Ivan Tillem Peace award.

Angela is very enthusiastic about helping young girls navigate their way through life’s obstacles and showing them the opportunities that await them.