Chanda Branch is an alumna of Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Speech Communications & Theatre along with a Teaching Certification. As a college junior, she ventured into the world of pageantry to win some book money. Since that first pageant, she fell in love with the glitz, glamour and grind and has captured many titles including Ms. Black North Carolina (2020) and Ms. Black USA (2020).
Chanda was first appointed to the City of Raleigh Arts Commission in 2014 and reappointed to two additional terms by the City Council. She is the first Black woman to serve as Chair.
Chanda is the Director of Theater at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School. One of her passions is engaging youth and members of diverse communities in the arts for civic change and social justice.
Chanda is married to Corey Branch, Raleigh’s Mayor Pro Tem, and they have a daughter, Carleigh.