Sandra Sanchez brings more than 28 years of experience in leadership, staff development, collaborative governance and project management both in the public and private sector. As interim vice chancellor, she is responsible for a portfolio of more than $1.2 billion serving 116 California community colleges. She administers the Strong Workforce Program (SWP), Strong Workforce K-12 program, California Apprenticeship Initiative, California Adult Education program, Nursing/ Allied Health, Federal Perkins V and Workforce and Economic development.
Prior to the Chancellor’s Office, Interim Vice Chancellor Sanchez served as a dean of academic affairs and dean of Workforce and Economic development at Los Angeles Harbor College for eight years where she led workforce education and educational programs leading to certificates and degrees. Her commitment to accessible, affordable and quality education has fueled her value of lifelong learning and she has successfully run adult education, continuing education, virtual education, emeritus education, corporate/customized training and Intergovernmental agreements at every institution she has served.
Over the past two decades, Sandra has held management positions at three of California’s largest community college districts: Los Angeles Community, Santa Monica and Long Beach City. At all of these institutions she managed a combined total of more than $100M in grants and other funded programs. She feels privileged to have a career working with faculty and professional staff designing educational programs for nontraditional students and adult populations. She is most proud of her efforts to assist underserved populations, first generation college students and other diverse populations needing support and college transition, retention and workplace opportunities.
Sanchez' leadership experience outside of higher education includes the private sector and early work in the California State Senate. Her work leading the Small Business Development Centers Network in Los Angeles, allowed her to assist thousands of entrepreneurs, women, and people of color to open, grow and access capital for their businesses. Sandra has excelled in resource development by cultivating business and industry relationships as well as those with philanthropic agencies. She creates win-win solutions with stakeholders while helping students, businesses and communities thrive.
Interim Vice Chancellor Sanchez is a native of Southern California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Long Beach and an MBA from the University of Redlands.