Chandra is a seasoned development professional and Certified Fund Raising Executive with over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. In her current role at Global Fund for Women, she is responsible for leading efforts toward a $25M budget by 2020. Previously, Chandra was a fundraising leader at Partners in School Innovation, where she doubled the organization’s budget in less than two years. She later built out her department to include marketing, communications, and research functions, also leading strategic initiatives to facilitate national scale and grow revenue significantly to further education reform efforts in new geographies.
As Vice President, Bay Area Council Foundation, Chandra managed programs and in 2011, led fund raising for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s “Women and the Economy Summit,” raising over $1.2M in eight months from a variety of sponsors for a successful and high-profile international convening. Notably, she galvanized community around the diplomatic event, partnering with local nonprofits and universities to bring the voices and experiences of women to the conversation.
Before her transition to the nonprofit sector, Chandra was in private banking and served in the U.S. diplomatic service posted in Switzerland. Her commitment to the rights of women and girls runs deep; she has served as a board member of the International Museum of Women, The Red Web Foundation, and The Women’s Building. Chandra earned an AB at Columbia, her MBA at Presidio Graduate School, and a PhD in Asian & Comparative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a homebirth advocate and lover of Sanskrit.