Chanda Womack is Founding Executive Director of the Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education (ARISE). As a fearless and tireless advocate for equity and social justice, she provided the inspiration and vision for the creation of ARISE as a non-profit devoted to educational access, equity and success. Chanda is unapologetic for what she stands for and how she carries out her work.
With more than a decade of experience in grassroots community advocacy and educational justice work, Chanda’s leadership and movement building has garnered local and national recognition for ARISE and Rhode Island. In 2017, she was the recipient of the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award, the YWCA’s Women in Achievement Award and the Providence Youth Student Movement POWER Award.
Chanda was born in a refugee camp in Thailand, immigrating to the United States with her family in January 1981. She is a product of the Providence Public Schools and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rhode Island in 2004. She has a Masters of Public Administration also from the University of Rhode Island as well as a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Rhode Island College. Chanda is married to her husband of more than 10 years, Tiger, and has a daughter Amaya.