Main Street Alliance: Welcomes new Co-Executive Director Chanda Causer to lead small businesses in this critical time of recovery

Washington, DC – Today, Main Street Alliance, and Main Street Action are thrilled to announce that we are welcoming Chanda Causer to the team to work with Stephen Michael as a Co-Executive Director, leading our organization into a new and exciting chapter. 

Chanda Causer is a small business owner, skilled community organizer and non-profit professional with over 20 years of collective experience in project management, community organizing, and campaign planning. She has recruited, trained, and organized over 1,000 community leaders from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Chanda is an expert facilitator who has designed and facilitated national and international workshops on subjects ranging from sustainable transportation and civic engagement to immigrant rights, HIV/AIDS, and rare diseases.

Her work experience has included SEIU, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Industrial Areas Foundation – NC, and Honest Tea. 

She has served on the board of NetImpact – Washington DC Chapter as the Events Chair and as a Rockwood Leadership Fellow and former researcher fellow and community events personality for AfricaNow! on WPFW 89.3 in Washington, DC.

“I come from two generations of small business owners; I am an organizer, small business owner, parent; and I can not think of a better role for me to serve,” said Chanda Causer. “I am thrilled and deeply honored to partner with such a dynamic team. Very excited to co-lead with Stephen and continue to advance the mission of MSA!”

“I’m beyond thrilled to welcome Chanda to our team,” said Stephen Michael, Co-Executive Director. “From our first conversation, I knew she would be a great partner to help bring our organizations to the next level. Chanda’s deep personal connection to small businesses, combined with her passion for justice and decades of organizing and movement experience, makes her the perfect partner to help lead Main Street Alliance and our affiliated programs into this new chapter.”

COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on the inequities in our economy like never before. We need a unified small business voice calling for investments over tax cuts to help us all recover. Together, we’re harnessing real power by building a small business constituency that stands side-by-side working people to envision and fight for an equitable economy and multiracial democracy. It is increasingly difficult to deny the critical role small business owners can play when we are brought to the table to contribute to crafting policy solutions. 

Developing a powerful, multi-racial, small business constituency that can serve as a bulwark against concentrated corporate power and income inequality is essential to setting the course for a just recovery and a sustainable, inclusive and prosperous economy for small businesses, their employees, customers and communities. 

We welcome Chanda to her new leadership role on May 31st, 2021.