Conversations with Chanda

Series Overview

Conversations with Chanda is a podcast and event series hosted by Chanda Smith Baker, The Minneapolis Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Community Impact. Chanda has over 20 years of experience working in, for, and with underestimated communities. Through events like Conversations with Chanda, The Minneapolis Foundation is leading our community on a tough but revealing path of discovery and civic action. We’re calling on everyone to join us in the hard conversations that seek shared understanding. We know even the most candid dialogue remains essentially talk – we seek to spark actions for our community’s grittiest, most vexing problems.

Upcoming Events
Conversations with Chanda featuring Dr. Yusef Salaam

Monday, August 5
Registration: 9:30 – 10 a.m. | Program: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
American Swedish Institute

As one of the Central Park Five, Dr. Yusef Salaam spent nearly seven years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. His story has re-entered national conversation as Ava DuVerney’s new Netflix miniseries tells the story of this important and controversial case. This event is currently full. If you’d like to be added to our waiting list, please email

Community Conversation

Monday, August 5
Registration: 5:30 – 6 p.m. | Program: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church

In the evening, we’ll welcome the community for a larger conversation, featuring a presentation by Yusef and a panel of community experts including Attorney General Keith Ellison, Commissioner John Harrington, and MPD Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.

2019 Event Series

March 15, 2019 – Robin DiAngelo
Chanda spoke with Robin DiAngelo about white fragility and the steps white people need to take to challenge racial inequities.


May 22, 2019 – Edgar Villanueva
Chanda spoke with Edgar Villanueva about the power structures surrounding wealth and philanthropy.


Support This Work

The OneMPLS Fund
If you’d like to support Conversations with Chanda, consider donating to the OneMPLS Fund. This is a unique opportunity for donors to leverage their collective resources with an intentional focus and the ambitious goal of advancing social, economic, and racial equity. It is bringing together community to build community.

OneMPLS Fund donors are welcome at any level and receive invitations to special Minneapolis Foundation convenings. Our inaugural 2019 grant round is focused on supporting stable housing for families and youth.

Leverage your strengths with ours. We are better together.


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