Chandra Brooks, also known as The SocialPrenuer, is a wife and mother of four, born and raised in San Jose, CA. Passionate about community, civil rights, social justice, improving voter outcomes, and civic engagement within communities of color, she empowers women to live to their fullest potential.
Chandra is the former Vice President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Executive Director of Building Peaceful Families, Co-Founder of Women Get it Done Silicon Valley and graduate of Emerge California, a political training program for Democratic Women. She is also Vice Chair of Santa Clara County’s Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
In 2016, Chandra Brooks launched The SocialPrenuer, an online coaching business, as a Leadership Specialist coaching women in Community and Political Influence, How to Activate their Activism and How to Rise to the Top. Within this, Chandra also launched the Future is Female Podcast that highlights Women in Activism, Business, and Politics.
Chandra was named one of the Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley from the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Women of the Year in Advocacy from 100 Black Women of Silicon Valley, received The Latina with Vision Award from New York Life and in 2017, The Leadership Award from The League of United Latin American Citizens.
Tell us a little about your childhood and the impact your mother had on shaping you…
I had a great childhood. Growing up, I thought we were middle class but later found out we were poor. Goes to show how my parents created an environment where we were rich in love. Instead of focusing on what we didn’t have, we focused on what we did have and that was love and family.
What has been a “spark moment” or “moments” that set you on your path?
I was a teen mom. When I had to tell my family I was pregnant, my uncle told me “Your life is over, you might as well prepare to be on welfare.” I was determined to prove him wrong. In 2015, I was inducted into The East Side High School District Hall of Fame, the same district that counted me out over 20 years ago.
What is your passion and purpose (the “P” in EPIC)?
My passion is to Ignite that Socially Conscious Human Inside and my purpose is to do this by spreading the message throughout the world.
What are you currently reading or listening to for inspiration?
48 Laws of Power. I also lead a private group called Fearlessly Ambitious Women and belong to two strong women groups that inspire me.
What is one message or affirmation you tell yourself to ground you on your quest?
There are no gatekeepers to your journey.
In one word, what are you seeking most right now on your Quest?
What challenge or offering would you like to share with the Mother’s Quest Community?
I’d like to challenge them to find what they are most passionate about and do very well…mesh those together and find a way to make money doing it.
What have you appreciated the most about Mother’s Quest?
Just learned about the podcast.