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Lorena Sánchez is a Program Manager at the Children's Defense Fund's Los Angeles office, where she leads our CDF Freedom Schools Parent Engagement Institute, an asset-based curriculum which aims to equip parents with tools to start as early as their child’s infancy to create a mindset, expectation, and a home culture that makes it clear college is a viable goal for their children.
Lorena has over eight years of experience in community relations, government affairs, and community organizing. Prior to joining CDF-CA, Lorena worked as a Senior Associate for Diverse Strategies for Organizing Inc. where she was the lead project manager of special projects for the Los Angeles Community College District, the City of Los Angeles, SEIU-UHW, the Nielsen Company, and PhRMA. Additionally, she served as Field Deputy for Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and also served as a student worker for retired State Senator Richard Polanco. Lorena has worked in various capacities at the City of Huntington Park's Community Planning Department, the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, and for non-profit organizations serving low-income communities.
Lorena received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles. She is a lifelong advocate of strong and healthy communities, and currently serves as a Board member for the South Central Family Health Center, the Huntington Park Family Health Center, and as a volunteer spinning instructor at her local YMCA.