Chanda Gibson is the Executive Director of the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP).  She has dedicated her entire career, which has spanned the nonprofit, legal, political and financial services sectors, to advocacy and service with a dedicated focus on advancing social justice issues like diversity and inclusion, educational access, and corporate responsibility.   

Chanda joined us at CUP after spending 14 years at Goldman Sachs, where she was the Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance for the Corporate Services and Real Estate division. Some of her key areas of focus included vendor diversity and inclusion, local and state government and community engagement, and environmental stewardship.  During her tenure at Goldman Sachs Chanda served on her division’s People Development Committee, was the Chief Operating Officer of the firm-wide Black Network for six years and was the founding Executive Director of America Needs You-New Jersey, the first expansion site of the nonprofit organization that provides first-generation college students with transformative mentorship and career development opportunities. 

Chanda is originally from California but left her legal career in 2002 to support now United States Senator Cory Booker’s first mayoral race in Newark, New Jersey.  She has a law degree from the University of Southern California and her B.A. in Political Science and African & African-American Studies from Stanford University.