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Conversations with Chanda

About The Podcast

What happens when people get together and dive into intimate conversation about our community’s grittiest, most vexing problems? Find out on our podcast, Conversations with Chanda. Hosted by Chanda Smith Baker, Conversations with Chanda unpacks complex topics—the power structures that surround wealth, navigating the world of philanthropy as a person of color, why criminal justice reform is something everyone should care about, and turning unthinkable grief into good.

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We’re calling on everyone to join us on this rough but revealing path of discovery and civic action.

RaShall Brackney

Blue Kneels Too

Chanda and RaShall talk about how RaShall got into police work, the steps she’s taken to build community trust in her department, and her personal and professional responses to George Floyd’s murder.


Kim Foxx

Tearing Down Barriers

Kim Foxx made history when she was elected to be the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Illinois. Chanda connected with Kim to talk about how her upbringing informs her leadership, ...


Kareem Farah

The Modern Classroom

Chanda and Kareem talk about the 21st-century skills that need to be taught in the classroom, the importance of trauma-informed teaching, and how COVID-19 has affected education.


Elizer Darris

Transforming Systems

Elizer Darris is the Co-Executive Director of the Minnesota Freedom Fund – an organization that disrupts the predatory practices of criminal bail and immigration bonds. Chanda sat down with Elizer to talk about the trappings of the criminal justice system and ...


Jim Bear Jacobs

Healing Through Stories

Chanda and Jim discuss how storytelling can spark consciousness and the ways philanthropy has shifted strategies over the past decade.


Drew Evans

Building Trust

In this episode, Drew and Chanda talk about the BCA’s role in the criminal justice system, the laws and circumstances that can prevent justice, and how the BCA is trying to build community trust and transparency in its work.


Meet Our Podcast Team

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Chanda Smith Baker
Chief Impact Officer and Senior Vice President
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Andrea Cummings
Senior Director of Philanthropic Services
Souphak Kienitz
Podcast Producer
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Andrea Cummings
Senior Director of Philanthropic Services
Darlynn Benjamin
Executive Administrative Assistant to the Chief Impact Officer
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Andrea Cummings
Senior Director of Philanthropic Services
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John Cuoco
Multimedia Content Curator
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Andrea Cummings
Senior Director of Philanthropic Services
Sarah Gillund
Design and Digital Media Manager
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Andrea Cummings
Senior Director of Philanthropic Services

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