Sandra Lopez Burke, Vice President and Executive Director

Sandra Lopez Burke has a wealth of experience building public-private partnerships that have successfully helped youth reach their full potential in both the sports and academic sectors. Prior to moving to the Boston area, the native Texan worked for the San Antonio Sports Foundation, where she managed national sporting events and helped establish Dreams for Youth, a program aimed at introducing San Antonio’s disadvantaged youth to Olympic sports. She culminated her decade of service in Texas as the Executive Director of the NCAA Men’s Final Four. In 1998, Sandra relocated to Massachusetts and joined Mayor Menino’s millennial celebration committee as the Vice President of Boston 2000. After the turn of the millennium, Sandra joined City Year, Inc. as the Director of Individual Giving. She subsequently served four years as Vice President and Chief of Staff to the CEO and in 2007, was named Vice President and Executive Director of the organization’s founding site, City Year Boston. In 2015, Sandra was selected to participate in the Barr Foundation's Barr Fellowship program. In addition to her role at City Year, Sandra is on the board of Dana Hall School in Wellesley. She lives in Dedham and is the mother of four children, two of whom are proud City Year alumnae and one of whom is a U.S. Army veteran.