Executive Director


Anthony Bolden is the Executive Director for Chicago Debates. He works strategically and collaboratively with his staff to lead the organization’s development and program implementation, ensuring Chicago youth maintain access to the life-changing activity of debate. Anthony believes that through the power of education and mentorship, young people are given the tools to build the life of their dreams. 

Anthony is a Chicago Urban League and University of Chicago Booth School of Business IMPACT Leadership Development Fellow Alum and a Forefront Educational Equity Fellow Alum. He is a highly sought-after speaker and facilitator. He has traveled extensively domestically and internationally, motivating emerging professionals to find their purpose and pursue their goals with boldness.

Anthony received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies with a concentration in Community Development from Oakwood University (HBCU) and a Graduate Certification in Nonprofit Management from North Park University.