Since her junior year in high school, Chanda Brown has stood out as an openly queer woman and an advocate and leader for LGBTQ people. During her sophomore and senior years at Brown University, Chanda was co-president of The Next Thing, a group for LGBTQ and two-spirited students of color. During her senior year, Chanda also served as the Queer Person of Color Coordinator for Brown University’s Third World Center, ensuring the various history months and weeks were inclusive to LGBTQ people of color. After college, Chanda was an active participant in the Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia’s Homeless Food Ministry, Nursing Home Ministry, and Homeless Hypothermia Shelters. These ministries respectively provided food to the homeless, companionship for the elderly, and food/shelter for the homeless during the winter months. By participating in these ministries, Chanda and her fellow church members provided a positive representation of the LGBTQ community to the communities around them. At the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), outside of her regular duties, Chanda served as an LGBTQ leader and advocate. Chanda was an instrumental part of the first LGBTQ Pride Event at DTRA. She worked with the EEO Office to have DTRA sponsor its first Pride Event, to create a more inclusive program for LGBTQ individuals, found and secured one of the key speakers, and served as Master of Ceremony for the event. Chanda received her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Harvard Law School in 2018.

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