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Chanda Smith Baker

President & CEO, Pillsbury United Communities, Minneapolis, MN

Chanda Smith Baker was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Pillsbury United Communities, a nonprofit health and human service organization in 2011. In this role, she is responsible for leading 200 staff, six neighborhood centers and eight social enterprises. Prior to assuming this role, she provided dynamic and thoughtful leadership at Pillsbury United for 10 years in a variety of demanding positions, including Chief Learning Offier, Vice President and Director of Government Relations. Ms. Smith Baker’s 20-year nonprofit and community experience has been focused in urban, low-income communities.  She is a proactive and visionary leader who wins ardent and loyal community support, develops key collaborations and builds crucial relationships. She has gained a reputation for her passion for social justice, her penchant for innovation and her reputation for top performance. Ms. Smith Baker has a master's degree in organizational development from Concordia University, is certified as a life coach and is a graduate of the University of Michigan's Executive Leadership Institute. Ms. Smith Baker currently sits on the boards of the International Federation of Settlements, MACC Commonwealth, Minnesota Campus Compact and MACC Alliance, and is the chair of the African American leadership forum. Ms. Baker received the Hometown Hero recognition in 2011 for her role leading the recovery efforts following a tornado in North Minneapolis and was a Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal “Diversity in Business” honoree in 2012. Ms. Smith Baker is a native Minnesotan living blocks away from her childhood home. She is married and has five children, Dominique, Malik, Elon, Ryland and Jayland.