Chandra DeNap Whetstine

Chandra DeNap Whetstine

Chandra DeNap Whetstine is the Vice President of Programs and Operations at the One America Movement, a national organization building a united American society by eliminating toxic polarization.


Chandra develops systems, curriculum, and programming for religious leaders and congregations, implementing program interventions across religious, political, and racial divides as well as leading the organization’s program scaling and operational development.


Under her leadership, the One America Movement launched as an independent 501c3 organization, doubled staff size, expanded programming to over 1200 faith communities, and strengthened program interventions with best practices from social science, psychology, and neuroscience.


Prior to joining the One America Movement, Chandra spent 12 years in international development working with marginalized populations including women and girls, people with disabilities, child laborers, and trafficking survivors in over a dozen countries, including leading a $10-million, five-country project that provided wheelchair service and disability inclusion in India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Romania, and El Salvador. She has also worked at the US Department of Labor’s Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, and the United Nations Development Programme in Bhutan.


Chandra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from the University of Indianapolis, a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, and certificates in Women in Leadership and Diversity and Inclusion. She is currently a seminarian at Wesley Theological Seminary. Chandra lives with her husband, mother, and three sons in Virginia where she serves as co-lead of the Worship Support Team at Hope United Church of Christ. She is also a trained birth doula, recovering theater professional, and proud Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

Through the dark, we will find our way.

Through the dark, we will find our way.

By: Chandra DeNap Whetstine Every day my three-year-old son wakes up and asks if COVID19 is still here and I have to say, “Yes. Yes, baby, it is.” Inevitably his little face falls as he says, “but I wanted to go to Mima’s house.”  For as long as any of my three...

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COVID Mommy Wars

COVID Mommy Wars

"I spend my days fighting toxic polarization at a non-profit called the One America Movement, and the patterns and behaviors rising out of this pandemic is a red flag for what is to come. Just as mask-wearing has become political, school decisions are poised to be the...

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What will save us?

What will save us?

"All of the debate, the protests, the fear, and the mourning can leave us feeling isolated, hopeless, and alone. But, if we take the time to listen to each other, to see each other, and truly hear each other, we are able to learn deep and undeniable truths. We are all...

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