A. Angélique Roché is an attorney, educator and communications professional. Prior to joining the Ms. Foundation, she was the campaign manager for a statewide campaign for Ohio Secretary of State, making her the first African-American woman to run a statewide campaign in Ohio. From 2008-2011 Roché served as a legislative aide for United States Senator Mary Landrieu. In that position, she worked on labor, justice and law enforcement issues, including voting rights, domestic violence, gender discrimination, fair pay and juvenile justice.
With a lifelong commitment to the empowerment of women and girls, Roché founded The Washington Middle School for Girls Civic Engagement Program, an externship giving young women from a middle school in Washington, DC the opportunity to engage in hands-on afternoon civics classes at the U.S. Capitol. The externship allows students to learn about the democratic process while interacting with congressional staff and representatives from various administrative agencies. The program is now in its fifth year.
In addition to her work at the Ms. Foundation, Roché is a freelance journalist, author, and photographer currently contributing to NBCBLK, Black Girl Nerds, and Rewire News. She is also a part-time host on SiriusXM Progress and a frequent guest on various podcasts focused on the intersections of pop-culture, current events, and social justice.
Roché is on the advisory boards of KAPGW focused on elevating the voices of women “living out-loud” and Lesbians Who Tech, a national organization focused on diversifying both race and gender in tech related fields. She has received a number of awards including, the EnVest Foundation’s National Capital Region’s 40 Under 40, Apex Society’s 30 Under 30, and the Southern University Law Center’s Young Trailblazer Award. She is a member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity, the Louisiana State Bar Association and the American Inns of Court