Sandra M. Sanchez has been with GRACE since its inception in 2013, and has an extensive background in government and politics. She served as Chief of Staff to State Assemblyman Warren Furutani where she was responsible for the overall strategy to advance the Assemblyman’s progressive agenda to address income inequality, pension reform and environmental justice.
As a political consultant, Sandra helped to elect some of California’s leading progressive voices in education, environmental protection, civil rights, consumer protection, and strengthening the social safety net. She served as campaign manager for Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Secretary of State Debra Bowen, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, former Assemblyman Warren Furutani and former Congresswoman Jane Harman. She also served as fundraising consultant to Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey who is the first female and first African American District Attorney ever elected in Los Angeles County.
Sandra also worked as a consultant to the United Food and Commercial Workers union on a variety of projects including managing communications for their 2007 Southern California Grocery Contract campaign, which resulted in a successful contract without repeating the devastating strike of 2003-04.
Sandra received her B.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University where she graduated with honors.