Chandra Alexandre is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Marin, Marin County’s largest social service agency providing direct service to people of low income and leading efforts for racial and economic equity. She is a seasoned nonprofit executive with 20 years of experience supporting organizations to social justice outcomes. Her work has helped strengthen regional affordable housing and early childhood education initiatives, expand education reform strategies nationally, and resource grassroots-led movement-building for global women’s rights.
In her present role, Chandra is effectively mobilizing resources to increase self-sufficiency across Marin, the least equitable county by race in the state. She has recently restructured agency programs and leadership for the most effective COVID-19 response, delivering over $2.5M in rent and cash assistance in 2020 and providing essential worker childcare, food to families, a workforce pilot for homeless women, and advocacy efforts to facilitate policy change for keeping people housed.
Previously, she led partnerships for effective grantmaking at Global Fund for Women. While at the Bay Area Council, Chandra was commended by the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women for her work leading outreach, community engagement, and fundraising to support the 2011 APEC Women & The Economy Summit hosted by Secretary Hillary Clinton. Prior to her nonprofit roles, Chandra worked in financial services and for the US Department of State on environmental issues.
Chandra was adjunct faculty in the University of San Francisco’s Master’s in Nonprofit Administration program teaching philanthropy and fundraising and now serves on the program’s Advisory Board. She is also the founding board president of the Marin Promise Partnership working for educational equity and a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter, as well as a past member of the Marin IJ Editorial Board. She is a mentor in the United Nations Association of San Francisco and completed the Strive Together Leadership Program. She received the 2019 North Bay Business Journal’s Latino Business Leadership Award.
Chandra is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), holds a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion for HR from Cornell University, and one in Ethical Leadership from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She graduated from Columbia with a dual degree in psychology and philosophy, holds Master’s and PhD degrees from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and is proud to have been in the pioneer cohort (C1) of Presidio’s MBA program.
Learn more about Chandra and her work in this interview published on the Presidian Blog.