Sandra is an international development professional specializing in monitoring and evaluation. Her early career capitalized on her first postgraduate degree in psychology and saw her providing clinical counseling to internally displaced victims of Colombia's internal discord as well as working in personnel management. After moving to New York in 2003 Sandra spent the next seven years with the Westchester Hispanic Coalition (WHC), a prominent community-based organization providing a range of legal and non-legal services to US immigrants.
Initially responsible for coordinating WHC's homelessness prevention activities on a case by case basis, Sandra's competence and inexhaustible work ethic saw her progressively expand her responsibilities and become Associate Director shortly after gaining her second Master's degree from PACE University, this time in Public Administration. Her time with WHC has not only given her a wealth of understanding of the issues facing migrant populations but also honed key program development skills including project design, fundraising strategies and the implementation of effective mechanisms for monitoring.
In early 2011, Sandra accepted a position with FED as Development Director at the head office in Thailand. During her time with FED she secured unprecedented funding commitments from bilateral and multilateral donor organizations as well as private entities. Working closely with FED's Executive and Deputy Directors, Sandra's contributions to FED were instrumental catalysts for a critical stage of transformation from a small to medium-scale organization. Her efforts not only built FED's organizational capacities but also substantially increased its international exposure. Upon her return to the US, and convinced by the crucial services that FED has provided to Thailand's migrant communities since its inception, she decided to establish an American affiliate to further facilitate FED's fundraising activities.
Sandra's direct and demanding approach to her own work as well as that of her colleagues inspires respect and commitment from those around her. This apparent "hard side" is counterbalanced by an extraordinary degree of empathy and sensitivity towards the people she encounters. After years working with migrants across international contexts, and as a migrant herself, Sandra is well-placed to head FED's American wing."