About Us


Chandra M. Hayslett

Director of Communications

Chandra joins StudentsFirstNY from the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens/Central Jersey Community Development Corp., a 7,000-member multi-cultural church and leader in the faith-based community development movement focused on housing, employment, health care, youth and economic development. Chandra served as Communications Director and helped lead the church’s advocacy work on financial literacy and empowerment, and opposition to predatory debt and lending.

Previously, Chandra spent eight years covering K-12 education in New Jersey as a reporter, for the Home News Tribune, the Asbury Park Press and then for the Newark Star-Ledger, where she was part of the reporting team that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting

Chandra earned a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies from the University of Tennessee, and began her career as a reporter for the Jackson Sun, in Jackson, TN.