Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships
Sandra joined the San Diego Food Bank team in 2013. As Director of Corporate & Community Partnerships, Sandra establishes fundraising and organizational support programs and campaigns with San Diego County’s vast array of philanthropic businesses and civic groups. Sandra develops and stewards key corporate sponsorship relationships for the Food Bank’s signature special events and food drive campaigns such as the Chefs, Cork and Craft Gala, the San Diego Run for the Hungry and the Holiday and Summer Food Drives. She manages City and County grant funding programs for special events such as the San Diego Blues Festival that benefits the Food Bank’s feeding programs for 370,000 San Diegans per month. Her scope of responsibility includes the cultivation and mentorship of Food Bank Leadership Council Committee volunteers from the professional community who have a passion for the mission to end hunger in San Diego County. Sandra is honored to serve as a speaker and spokesperson for the Food Bank and shares her dedication and admiration for the Food Bank mission with civic organizations and corporations that wish to develop their community giving, volunteer and foundation programs. She has a special development emphasis in support of the North County Food Bank and serves as the North County Outreach Committee Chair.
Prior to the San Diego Food Bank, Sandra served as the Director of Development for Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to finding the cures for breast cancer and designing and funding grant programs for breast cancer survivors in San Diego County. She led the affiliate in corporate and individual giving growth, managed the affiliate grant program and led the logistics and corporate partnerships for the largest Breast Cancer Walk in the United Sates. As a stage 3 breast cancer survivor and inspirational speaker, Sandra drove the affiliate’s Advocacy and Public Policy Committee in lobbying efforts in local, state and federal government arenas to rally support for breast cancer patients and their families. Sandra currently volunteers as a mentor to women struggling with breast cancer issues. Before her 12 years in the nonprofit business sector, Sandra worked in corporate America as the Director of Marketing and Circulation and Senior Advertising Sales Executive for McKinnon Publishing where she was a top revenue generating Account Executive. She spearheaded a community outreach and support program with San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine to benefit local nonprofits such as The American Cancer Society and Children’s Hospital through signature events such as the Holiday Home Tour. Sandra was vital in revitalizing the circulation of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine through direct mail and digital campaigns to attract and retain subscribers and advertising support for the publication in the new era of digital publishing.
Sandra holds a Bachelor ‘s Degree in Journalism and Communications with a Minor in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Central Florida and she is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management form National University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the North County Economic Development Council, the San Diego Military Advisory Council and LEAD San Diego’s Class of 2018.
Sandra was born in Pennsylvania and her first job was working on her family’s third generation produce farm. She resides with her family in the Scripps Ranch community of San Diego where she is an active member of the Scripps Ranch Civic and Business Association. Sandra enjoys gardening, home design, photography and creative writing.
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