Andrea Chen

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Propeller

New Orleans, LA

Accelerate Collaboration  |  Community Economic Development, Environmental Sustainability, Funding / Investment, Incubator / Accelerator, Technical Assistance

Andrea is building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Orleans focused on systemic change in areas including food, education, water, and land use.

Andrea is the co-founder and executive director of the social innovation incubator Propeller, in New Orleans, focused on systemic change in areas such as food, education, and land use. Andrea worked at the Louisiana Association of Charter Schools where she oversaw grant-making and launched the $1.5 million Bridge Loan Fund. She was named “40 Under 40” by Gambit Magazine, 2010 City Business Women of the Year, and is a board member of the New Orleans Business Alliance. She hold a B.A. from Stanford University, attended Harvard Graduate School of Education, and was trained in business at Dartmouth University’s Tuck School of Business.

Andrea was our Featured Fellow in November 2014. Read about:


  • Since 2011, graduated 3 classes of Accelerator Fellows and launched 35 ventures.
  • Created full and part-time jobs across sectors.
  • 50% public schools served by Healthy School Food Collaborative.
  • 80+ organizations using Propeller co-working space to grow their social ventures.