Chanda Causer

Chanda Causer

VP, National Partnerships & Training

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Causer began her vocation as a congressional campaign fundraiser, working on political campaigns in New England. In that role she gained early insights on how to motivate and manage volunteers from a cross section of economic backgrounds.

She advanced her career working as an events planner and multicultural leader at Sidwell Friends School, in Washington DC; working closely with elite families, and learning firsthand what a quality education should include for all children.

She then moved to serve as an organizer with SEIU, working on a complex HeadStart campaign in central New Jersey. While she gained deep insights on strategy building with a large labor union; she further saw the deep divide in education through the lens of race and economic class differences.

Joining the Industrial Areas Foundation in North Carolina was a critical step in her vocation. With the IAF, she learned how to build broad-based, multi-racial, interfaith, multi-issue relationships, rooted in understanding the concept of power.

Causer developed the skills of deep listening, aligning common interest, and taking action. Some of her achievements include: Securing funding and saving a hospital that served over 70% African Americans, increasing voter turn-out in low income zip codes, and holding the school district accountable to address gaps in a county-wide education audit.

In addition, Causer has extensive work experience in for-profit and non-profit organizations like, Leadership on Civil and Human Rights, Honest Tea, and Leadership for Educational Equity. As an executive coach, she has worked with burgeoning non-profit executives to seasoned leaders to support with strategy, management, and overall confidence in leadership. This variety of work experiences enables her to effectively think through strategy from a variety of angles.