Celeste & Angie, cofounders of Red Wagon, are both Baltimore natives and graduates of our public schools. Like you, we’re navigating our professional pursuits while wrangling our kiddos.
Angela Schaffer is a fan of hats, which is a good thing, as she wears many these days. Co-founder of the Red Wagon Baltimore, Angie has her own company, A2Z Ventures, which focuses on international exchange and cultural training. She also serves as Director of Sponsored Research, Corporate & Foundation Relations at Goucher College; and is VP of Communications and Outreach for BMore Abroad, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting Baltimore students study abroad. Angie‘s passion for international exchange began with a high school exchange program to Germany, and evolved into a career in international education and exchange that has allowed her to spend time in over two dozen countries, including positions at the University of Maryland, College Park; Goucher College; and Cultural Vistas. Angie holds a master’s degree in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland, and is currently enrolled in Cohort 5 of Moms As Entrepreneurs. A Baltimore native (City forever!), Angie lived in the Washington DC area and Brooklyn, New York before returning to her beloved hometown, where she now lives with her husband, son, daughter, and dog. She enjoys hanging out with neighbors, late-night conference calls with other time zones (because her kids are FINALLY asleep), and listening to 90s music while she does dishes.
Celeste Perilla is a social worker in the tradition of Barbara Mikulski who’s spent her career focused on social equity and inclusive community engagement. Currently pursuing her doctorate in Social Work at the University of Maryland, Celeste is a strategic planner with expertise in project startups and inclusive community engagement. She spent the early part of her career as a labor organizer, social worker, and housing policy advocate. Since having her children 6 years ago, she transitioned to part-time and contractual work where she’s provided strategic technical assistance and leadership training to parents in Baltimore City public schools. Most recently, she co-founded Red Wagon Baltimore and served as Advocacy Director for the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance. She’s been engaged in public school advocacy and capacity building for the past five years, working closely with parent leaders in public charter and traditional community schools. She’s a Western High School graduate, unapologetic feminist, occasional runner and disciple of Lin Manuel-Miranda.
Want to join our team? Have an idea of how Red Wagon could benefit parents in Baltimore? Email us! We love to host professional workshops and development opportunities.