Sandra has devoted her career to public interest advocacy for numerous social justice causes, such as gender equality, education affordability, LGBTQ rights and workers’ and immigrant rights. Her public interest work has also included representing victims of human trafficking and domestic violence and successfully advocating for social justice legislation.

Sandra came to national attention in 2012 when she testified before members of Congress regarding comprehensive insurance coverage for birth control. She then took on Rush Limbaugh and other conservative commentators when they made personal and sexist attacks against her. As the media attention and the personal attacks grew, Sandra believed it was her responsibility to use the microphone she was given to advance the policies she has always fought for.

She is currently the California State Director for Voices For Progress, where her legislative advocacy work focuses on climate change, economic inequality, and campaign finance reform. She is also a political partner with the Truman National Security Project, and serves on the Board of Directors for Emerge California, which trains women to run for office, and the National Council of Jewish Women of LA.

Nationally, Sandra is frequently recognized for her powerful address to the Democratic National Convention in 2012, and she also served as a surrogate for President Obama in his reelection campaign.

Sandra graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center as a Public Interest Law Scholar with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. In 2003, she received a B.S. from Cornell University in Policy Analysis and Management, as well as Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

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