Sandra has been an active leader in the Palo Alto school community for the last decade. She served as the President of the Spanish Immersion Parents’ Association and worked with district leaders to improve and extend the program. Sandra was the lead parent for Palo Alto High School’s innovative TEAM (“Together Everyone Achieves More”) program, where a small community of approximately 100 ninth graders within the larger school community shares core academic classes so that students can develop supportive relationships with peers and teachers. During her tenure, Sandra coordinated the many off-campus interdisciplinary activities and field trips that TEAM offers. She was also served as an officer on the Palo Alto High School PTSA Board for two years.
From 2007 to 2016, Sandra served as the Chief Financial Officer for Open Monoclonal Technology, a therapeutic antibody platform company and managed their acquisition by Ligand Pharmaceuticals. With an MBA from Harvard and extensive experience as a chief financial officer for growth and development-stage companies, Sandra brings 25 years of financial, operational and administrative management and professional expertise to the DreamCatchers Board.