Chanida Phaengdara Potter is a Lao American nonprofit professional, storyteller, and community builder. She is the founding editor of the internationally-acclaimed online publication, Little Laos on the Prairie and executive director of The SEAD Project.
Born in Viengxai, Laos; Chanida’s home is both in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Ban Phon, Laos. She has worked over 10 years in the nonprofit field on organizing, public affairs, community development, and human rights advocacy. She holds a BA in Global Studies and Communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and is completing her MPA at Hamline University. She is a Minneapolis Foundation leadership fellow.
Chanida has been featured on Twin Cities Daily Planet, Asian American Press, The Uptake, Minnesota Public Radio, Star Tribune, Al Jazeera America and Voice of America. Her interests are in the Lao diaspora, international affairs, sustainable development, and of course, beautiful Laos.