Compassion-driven action is what matters most to Chandler, empathizing and embracing those suffering all the while acting strategically to help those in need. Chandler aims to listen to the community, strategize with the community, implement with the community, and continually adapt and innovate. Chandler seeks to develop lasting relationships, inspire his peers to serve, and implement sustainable solutions to poverty.
Serving on the board of Salt and Light Ministries in Honduras, Chandler has led 7 trips to help the people of Honduras through the fields of construction, education, health care, and leadership development. At Vanderbilt, Chandler continued his work in Central America as the Global President of Manna Project International, where he coordinated the logistics of 450 Vanderbilt students for 32 international community service-based spring break projects. To inspire his peers to serve locally, Chandler chaired Kickoff Cookoff, Vanderbilt’s second largest Greek philanthropy event, raising $55,000 for Fannie Battle, a day home for low-income single-parent families, and led volunteers to mentor these kids on a weekly basis.
In the summer of 2009, Chandler used his Ingram summer stipend to serve as an intern for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) Government Relations Office both in Washington, D.C. Ashoka is the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs and JDRF is the leader in supporting type I diabetes research. Through an independent study and a partnership with the Africa Gospel Church, Chandler spent his last semester at Vanderbilt in Nakuru, Kenya working to develop a rehabilitation home for street boys.
Chandler will join Bain and Company’s Dallas office in the fall of 2012 and hopes to learn and apply the best practices to problem solving, communications, and leadership. After a few years in management consulting, Chandler plans to pursue an MBA before using asset-based community development to establish social purpose businesses in Central America and East Africa. In the meantime, Chandler is humbled and honored to serve on Vanderbilt’s Board of Trust as a Young Alumni Trustee.