Angel Lawrence is a local native of Decatur, Illinois. She joined Northeast Community Fund in September 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Angel attended MacArthur High School then went on to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in political science from Wilberforce University in May of 2000. After graduation, she moved back to Decatur and worked for Decatur Macon County Opportunities Corporation. During her time at DMCOC, she developed her passion and gift for helping others. In 2002, she took a leap of faith and moved to Rochester, New York, to further her education, and in August of 2004, she graduated with her master’s degree in Social Work. Over the past 20 years, Angel has spent the bulk of her professional career helping others in the social service sector. Prior to her tenure at NECF, she was employed by the University of Illinois, Division of Specialized Care for Children.