Sandy Matthews has returned to Illinois Action for Children in a new role as Vice President of Organizational Advancement after serving as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education. In this new role she is responsible for organizational relationship development, building strategic partnerships, and generating revenue through foundations and corporate donors. Prior to her position in the Obama administration, she was Vice President of External Relations at Illinois Action for Children from 2007 to 2010.
Sandy possesses more than 20 years of public affairs and communications experience with a variety of organizations including the Chicago Sun-Times, the Michael & Juanita Jordan Foundation, and the City Colleges of Chicago. A graduate of North Central College with a B.A. in English and French, Sandy earned a Masters of Jurisprudence in Child and Family Law from Loyola Law School in Chicago. She lives in Chicago and is married to Gary Matthews, former Major League Baseball player for the Chicago Cubs. They have one daughter and four sons.