Ms. Jessica R. Sanchez is Superintendent of Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design, responsible for upholding the school’s overall vision and leadership of the academy. In addition to overseeing daily operations of the school, Ms. Sanchez develops and executes the strategic plan for the school, which includes fundraising and recruitment.
Ms. Sanchez joined HFA: Alameda School in 2008 as the school’s original Planning Director. Most recently, as Director of Operations, she has been responsible for the school’s day-to-day operations, and managed the school’s build out and move to new facilities at the Casa de Mexico in the heart of downtown San Antonio in September 2013. She is a graduate of Leadership San Antonio and was honored as one of San Antonio Business Journal’s 2011 “40 Under 40” Emerging Leaders in San Antonio. In 2011, Ms. Sanchez was appointed to the San Antonio Public Art Board.
As Executive Director of Children’s Educational Opportunity Foundation in San Antonio, Ms. Sanchez managed scholarship programs and funds for low-income, minority children. During her service as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Lodz, Poland, from 1999 to 2001, Ms. Sanchez was the international director of “OPUS” Support Centre for Non-Governmental Organizations; she was named Peace Corps Volunteer of the year in 2000.
Ms. Sanchez earned a B.A. in Political Science from University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.