A LITTLE ABOUT
Get to know me professionally + personally
a brief bio:
Angela Francine Popplewell is a founder and the CEO for 100cameras, a nonprofit headquartered in NYC. Her career path began when she was just nineteen years old and determined to land in broadcast journalism, but due to a serendipitous and spontaneous decision to head to a remote village in Romania one summer, her heart forever changed the direction of her course. Since then, Angela has worked abroad with multiple educational and community development programs across the globe. These experiences along with others have fine tuned her passion to work with kids, the power of storytelling, and local community development initiatives worldwide.
Prior to 100cameras, Angela reflects on her twenties as a decade of life-changing opportunities that shaped her greatly after leaving Tallahassee to move to NYC one month post college with just a one-way ticket, no guaranteed plan for an apartment, and definitely no first job. From seeing first-hand the exciting and rapid growth of the highly reputable organization, charity: water, as one of their first interns to spending time in the president's office at Rockefeller & Co during the depths of the financial crisis to becoming Director of Development and Administration at New Life of NYC, an inner-city community center on the Lower East Side, these experiences taught Angela more than she could have ever dreamed possible both personally and professionally.
Angela currently lives in Brooklyn with her incredible husband, Ty, and their lively toddler, Teddy.
in her own words:
I am a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a friend, an entrepreneur, storyteller, community member, believer in hope & joy, and citizen of our country and world. I have no formula for how to balance and accomplish this all well, but I am realizing that it is all an act of ebb and flow throughout seasons. I strive to learn how and when to prioritize and pour into each meaningful piece of who I am to become a stronger, more courageous, more boldly-loving person that makes others feel welcomed, accepted, cherished, and loved. In light of some great darkness inflicted across our shared earth, I cannot help but ask myself, "Is it not my responsibility as a human to be a steward of my one life by living out love, light, hope, and a fight against injustices alongside as many fellow humans as possible?"
This may or may not also be a good moment to interject that I am passionate about death. But not in the emo way that it may sound, I hope. Instead in the way that our life is such a gift, such a short breath in the grand schemes of time, and such a privilege to be a participant in the majestic units that make up our earth. And yet, we are all destined to die. I’ve lost dear people close, and this is what I know with every being in my soul:
Life on earth is but a vapor. And who’s to say if we will get 30 or 85 years?
Yes, out of all the things that most motivate me, the root is truly this. I believe one of my family members articulated it most beautifully one summer afternoon just before passing from cancer at the young age of 34:
Every day is your full life. Live it well; make it count.
I am passionate about learning, evolving, and exploring this, and figuring out how to live well with all of my strengths and in spite of all of my weaknesses.