Conversations with Chanda is a podcast and event series hosted by Chanda Smith Baker, the Minneapolis Foundation’s Chief Impact Officer. Chanda has over 20 years of experience working in, for, and with underestimated communities. Through things 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.
The Human Side of History: A Conversation with Uzoma Obasi
Uzoma Obasi is a creative entrepreneur, producer, and photographer from Minneapolis. After George Floyd's murder, he traveled with George's family and their attorney Ben Crump -- capturing powerful moments along the way. He sat down with Chanda to talk about using his skills to document history, his advice to creatives, and the evolution of his storytelling.
Investing in Home: A Conversation with Malik Rucker
In this special episode, Chanda connects with her son Malik Rucker, the Director of Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships for V3 Sports. V3 is a North Minneapolis nonprofit that combats health and wellness inequities. Chanda and Malik talk about their love of North Minneapolis, dangerous narratives that need disruption, and bold strategies that lead to community change.
More, Different, and Better: A Conversation with Sasha Cotton
Sasha Cotton has spent the last three years leading Minneapolis' Office of Violence Prevention. In July, she will start a new role as the deputy director for the National Network for Safe Communities with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Chanda connected with Sasha to talk about the highs and lows of her career, evidence-based violence prevention strategies, and the community-centered approach needed in all areas of public safety.
The Data Behind Mass Shootings: A Conversation with Jillian Peterson (Re-Release)
In light of the recent mass shootings in America, including those in Uvalde and Buffalo, we are resharing this episode with Jillian Peterson, the Co-founder of the Violence Project. Chanda and Jillian sat down together in 2020 to talk about the psychology of mass shootings, the best ways to prevent this violence, and the power of human connection during times of crisis.
Meeting the Moment: A Conversation with Adair Mosley
Adair Mosley is the president and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities—a community impact agency working to co-create enduring change toward a just society. Chanda and Adair share their thoughts on the ins and outs of leadership, why community engagement never stops, and what it means to meet the moment.
It’s All Community: A Conversation with Robert Ashcraft
Dr. Robert Ashcraft is the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation Executive Director at Arizona State University. Chanda connected with Robert to talk about nonprofit leadership, community building, and the direction of philanthropy.