Melanie Chandra is an actress and co-founder of the not-for-profit Hospital for Hope, India. She currently stars as first year resident "Malaya Pineda" in the CBS medical drama CODE BLACK. She also appears in Netflix's comedy series, BROWN NATION. Her former TV work includes a series arc on the HBO dark comedy THE BRINK as "Fareeda," acting alongside Jack Black, Tim Robbins, and Aasif Mandvi.
Additionally, she has guest starred on LAW & ORDER SVU, NASHVILLE, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, PARENTHOOD, and NCIS LA and was profiled in the HBO documentary EAST OF MAIN STREET alongside Lucy Lui, Daniel Dae Kim, and nine other Asian-Americans in Hollywood. Melanie holds a 2nd degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Stanford University.
Melanie is passionate about getting more women and minorities on both sides of the camera and is currently developing a number of TV and film projects to do just that. Outside of entertainment, she works with the non-profit Hospital for Hope India, which provides health services to a poor, underserved area of northeast India.
Photographer: Corey Hayes