Chandra G. Pitts
President & CEO, One Village Alliance
Humanitarian | Philanthropist | Global Advocate for Youth
A dedicated visionary, philanthropist and social entrepreneur, Chandra Pitts is committed to growing youth into their true greatness through education, entrepreneurship and the arts. As a first-generation Mexican American and a Black woman, she is known for her passion, integrity and authentic voice of advocacy for marginalized youth in communities around the world.
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 serving 247 at risk youth. In 2009, she founded The Village Learning Center securing a 2.1 million dollar federally funded contract to continue her work with marginalized youth. This innovative program was adopted by the Department of Education in Delaware and New Jersey, was implemented in 42 schools throughout the region and created 62 new jobs in its first year alone.
This successful social enterprise led her to launch non-profit, social impact agency, One Village Alliance. As founding President & CEO, Chandra’s primary work takes a gender specific approach to growing purpose-driven youth into their true greatness with a strong focus on education, civic leadership and social enterprise. “Girls Can Do Anything!” empowers hundreds of girls throughout the region to redefine womanhood and what it means to be a 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 holistic youth development.
This year, Chandra Pitts became the youngest person ever inducted into the Delaware Hall of Fame for Women, an esteemed honor she accepts on behalf of all the extraordinary women who paved the way before her. The YWCA featured her among 12 social innovators in a life-size travelling exhibit that opened at Delaware's African American Heritage Museum. Chandra graced the September 2017 cover of Delaware Today Magazine as one of the most Intriguing Delawareans. The Center For Urban Families selected her among the nation's 10 most promising practitioners in fatherhood, family strengthening and Black male achievement. 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. 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.