Nina D. Sánchez

Advancing a powerful vision for equity

Age: 39
Title: Director
Name of Organization: Enrich Chicago

Bio: Nina D. Sánchez is dedicated to moving the needle toward greater racial equity in her hometown of Chicago. As the first director of Enrich Chicago, a nonprofit-led movement dedicated to eliminating structural racism in the arts, Sánchez is responsible for articulating and advancing a powerful vision for the organization.

Her professional roots are deeply sown in multicultural leadership and education. Sánchez has worked extensively with first-generation and underrepresented students and their families to increase access and success at all levels, from elementary after-school programming to college persistence and career readiness. She later moved from direct service into roles designing, implementing and building student support programs for community college students across the Chicago area. Most recently, she led anti-racism organizing and cultural competence capacity-building at Teach for America – Chicago-Northwest Indiana, where her efforts positioned regional staff to equip 400 teachers with the skills necessary to lead in their classrooms as critically conscious educators.

Sánchez received her master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and international affairs from Colorado College. She is a 2017 Surge Institute Fellow. A proud Pilsen native, Sánchez is deeply involved with several local advocacy and social justice-minded organizations, serving on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Foundation for Women and Latinas on the Plaza. She lives on the Northwest Side with her partner, Michael, and their seven-month-old daughter, Vida.