Sandy started her career in social justice when she became an intern organizer for Service Employee International Union Local 99 and later for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1167. After her internship, she was hired as the Field Organizer for the San Diego Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO. After helping union members win crucial electoral campaigns, she was later hired as an organizer for United Food Commercial Workers Local 135. She transitioned her career from labor organizing into environmental justice advocacy when she was hired as the National City Land Use Policy Advocate for the Environmental Health Coalition.
What are the strengths that you bring to movement building?
One of my defining activist moments was organizing a mock-same-sex wedding at my high school. Along with my colleagues from the Gay Straight Alliance, they wanted to highlight the need to legalize same-sex marriage. Despite much criticism and protest from the local elected officials, churches, and the community, we were able to garner support from LGBT national organizations and we successfully changed history in their town.
When you were a kid, what was your favorite book?
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn