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Whether we are recruiting young leaders, implementing our work in schools, finding new supporters or helping our AmeriCorps members be the best they can be, we are all passionate about working together to support students.

Meet Sandra Lopez Burke

Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Boston

Sandra Lopez Burke has a wealth of experience building public-private partnerships that have successfully helped youth succeed in both the athletic and academic sectors.

Prior to moving to the Boston area, Sandra, a 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 addition to her role at City Year, Sandra serves as board chair of Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center in Dorchester where she continues to help develop opportunities for youth living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty. Sandra’s passion is to help young people create a positive future for themselves and their communities.

Sandra lives in Dedham and is the mother of four children, two of whom are proud City Year alumni.

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Together, we’re contributing to a clearer and bolder vision of what public schools can and should be for all children. 

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Sandra Lopez Burke, City Year Boston's Vice President and Executive Director, has been selected to the GK100, celebrating Boston's Most Influential...

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