Chandra has a B.A from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Washington. Her experience includes community development and traditional financial services. She spent seven years in commercial banking as a Bank Examiner and Regional Manager for Native American Banking Services. Later, at Craft3 (CDFI in Seattle), she developed the Indian County Initiative to provide culturally responsive, equitable capital for Tribes and Member-owned businesses.
Prior non-profit management and community development roles include: Community Partnership of Santa Clara, American Indian Alliance; Manager of Sand Diego Foundation for Change; University of California at San Diego Extended Studies and Public Service Program Manager.
She has served on Boards of Directors for non-profit organizations for fifteen years starting with Potlatch Fund. Currently, she is Board Member and Lending Committee Chair for First Nations Oweesta Corporation and Board Member for First Nations Development Institute.
Locally, she has been active in school advocacy and community service for the past six years. She is a former President of Seattle Council PTSA, now serving as a board member and is Vice President of Title VI Native Education Parent Advisory Committee. She served on her local PTA for four years, including as President. She volunteers in the Huchoosedah after school program at her children’s school.
Chandra served on the Building Leadership Team at Sand Point Elementary for three years. She was also selected to serve on advisory and selection committees for Seattle Public Schools including Family Engagement Task Force. Most recently, she was a member of the District’s Strategic Planning Team which led the development of the current five-year strategic plan.
Having recently finished a three-year term on the Magnuson Park Advisory Committee, a four- year stint on Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange she remains active on the Magnuson Community Center Advisory Committee. Chandra also coaches softball with Northeast Seattle Little League.
Chandra lives with her husband, Chris, and daughters, Josephine and Mila, in North Seattle.