Chandra Alexandre, CEO: Community Action Marin

Chandra Alexandre (Photo provided by Community Action Marin)

Helping People. Changing Lives.

How are you disrupting your industry and thinking outside the box?
People often think of social services as helping someone living in poverty or crisis with a high-priority need and then moving on to the next person. At Community Action Marin, we assist people across generations with a variety of wrap-around services — from childcare and mental health to housing navigation, debt reduction and other enhanced community supports.

What is it about your organization that makes it groundbreaking?
Given that Marin has some of California’s greatest disparities by race of any county in the state across all indicators of well-being, it’s time to take meaningful action for equity. Being willing to disrupt the status quo takes courage and compassion; but that’s exactly what makes Community Action Marin — our staff, volunteers and supporters — groundbreaking.

What’s special in how you inspire the next generation of female leaders?
Women leading and being unapologetic for who they are is what inspires me. For too long, women — and particularly women of color — have been silenced and marginalized. Being who we are, trusting our motivation and drive, and supporting one another will lead us forward.

Community Action Marin | 555 Northgate Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 | 415.526.7500 | | @communityactionmarin | /CmtyActionMarin