Chandra G. Pitts
President & CEO, One Village Alliance
Humanitarian | Philanthropist | Global Advocate for Youth
A dedicated visionary and philanthropist, Chandra Pitts is committed to propelling children and their families on a holistic journey toward excellence through education and the arts. She has been known throughout her life for her passion, integrity and authentic voice of advocacy with marginalized youth in communities around the world.
Chandra began her life’s work educating 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 just 8 months. Her innovative approach to bringing learning to life for underachieving students has since been adopted by the Department of Education in Delaware and New Jersey and implemented in 42 schools throughout the region.
As founding President & CEO of One Village Alliance, Chandra’s primary work takes a gender specific approach to healthy youth development including a focus on fatherhood. “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 skills for dads.
In 2015, the Center For Urban Families named Chandra Pitts one of the nation's 10 most promising practitioners in the areas of fatherhood, family strengthening and Black male achievement. Glamour Magazine's 2015 Women of the Year issue featured Chandra as one of 50 Hometown Hero's across the country. She was honored at the United Nations Global Women’s Empowerment Forum; is the recipient of the 2012 NAACP Youth Impact Award; and was named one of Delaware's most influential 40 under 40.
Chandra spoke about her work during an appearance on CNN Newsmakers and was recently featured among African American and Latino Leaders in Ebony Magazine. A University of Delaware Women’s Studies documentary depicting Chandra's personal narrative of won the Nanú Paloma Guerrero Award for Excellence. And this year, Chandra Pitts will become the youngest person ever inducted into the Delaware Women's Hall of Fame, an esteemed honor she accepts on behalf of all the extraordinary women who paved the way before her.
While Ms. Pitts continues to be recognized locally and nationally, her greatest reward remains the impact made through her life of service in the community she loves and the unparalleled honor of being a mom.
“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.