Chandra G. Pitts
President & CEO, One Village Alliance
Humanitarian | Philanthropist | Global Advocate for Justice
A dedicated visionary, philanthropist and social entrepreneur, Chandra Pitts leads a global organization committed to growing healthy youth into their true greatness through education, entrepreneurship and the arts. As a first-generation Mexican American and a Black woman, her passion, integrity and authentic voice of advocacy for marginalized youth is driven by her own personal experiences.
Chandra began her life’s work organizing youth in Jamaica whose families could not afford to send them to school. In 2008, she developed the largest school-based mentoring program in Delaware’s Christina School District and later founded The Village Learning Center winning a 2.1 million dollar federal contract to scale her innovative approach to educational equity in 42 schools throughout the Delaware Valley..
A justice-driven businesswoman, Chandra used her successful social enterprise to launch non-profit, social impact agency, One Village Alliance. As founding President & CEO, her primary work is gender specific with a focus on historically marginalized youth and their families. “Girls Can Do Anything!” empowers girls to redefine womanhood and what it means to be a healthy girl. Raising Kings changes society’s prominent image and expectations of men and boys of color by elevating the level of positive male engagement in the lives of boys. And Suitable Men provides fatherhood training, man-to-man mentoring, and workforce development for dads as leaders in our "village" approach to growing strong families and healthy children. Her reach now includes 240 schools in West Africa!
Chandra is the youngest person ever inducted into the Hall of Fame for Delaware Women. The YWCA featured her among 12 social innovators in a life-size travelling exhibit that opened at Delaware's African American Heritage Museum. She recently graced the cover of Delaware Today Magazine as one of 30 most Intriguing Delawareans. Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year issue featured Chandra as one of the nation's 50 Hometown Hero's. She's been honored at the United Nations Global Women Leaders Forum; is a recipient of the NAACP Youth Impact Award; and was named one of Delaware's most influential 40 under 40. Ebony Magazine highlighted Chandra's work among Afro-Latina leaders making transformative impact across the nation. The Center For Urban Families selected her among the nation's 10 most promising practitioners in fatherhood, family strengthening and Black male achievement. A University of Delaware Women’s Studies documentary depicting Chandra's personal narrative of won the
Nanú Paloma Guerrero Award for Excellence.
While Ms. Pitts continues to be recognized locally and nationally, her greatest reward remains the impact made through her life of service and the unparalleled honor of raising her son, Jahlihl.
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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