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Amanda Sanchez

Director of Pacific Northwest Region

Amanda Sanchez, Director of RDF’s Pacific Northwest Region, joined RDF in 2011 and in 2017, under her leadership, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, RDF opened its Pacific Northwest regional office, becoming one of the first CDFIs to provide charter school facility financing in Washington State.  In her current capacity, she oversees all lending related actives focused on education, affordable housing, social services, healthcare, and small business initiatives for the region.

Prior to opening RDF’s Pacific Northwest regional office, Ms. Sanchez was an Investment Associate on the fund’s Education Finance Team, where she supported high potential, early-stage charter schools and proven charter management organizations working in underserved communities, nationwide.

Previously, Ms. Sanchez sat on the Arizona Charter School Association’s Walton Family Foundation Startup Grant Review Committee and worked closely with New Schools for Phoenix Fellowship Program.  She holds an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Yakima Valley Community College; and a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Business and Nonprofit Administration from Arizona State University.

Ms. Sanchez is an advocate for permanent, supportive education policy, quality school choice and increasing economic mobility for the children and families.  Originally from Washington State, Amanda is a first generation American, who is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Accomplishments

  • National Charter School Lenders’ Coalition Member
  • Mentor – Friendly House College & Career Readiness Program

Mastering Design Thinking Executive Program – MIT Sloan School of Management (2021)