Sandy Martinez is a self-motivated professional who brings over 20 years of professional experience in any setting. Sandy’s background and experience includes customer service, information coordinating, event planning, experience producer, loss prevention, management, leadership, and higher education finance and budgeting.
As a proud Sun Devil, Sandy has worked for Arizona State University (ASU) for 16 years, first as an Account Manager in Student Business Services managing university accounts and federal Perkins Loans, and providing financial counseling to students. She later became the Business Operations Specialist for the School of Transborder Studies where she oversaw fiscal, daily operations, human resources, assisted with academic affairs, community outreach, and career development. Sandy’s ASU journey also included working at the College of Health Solutions Dean's Office as the Manager of Administrative Support Operations and Staff Success where she was responsible for the college's employee engagement and improvement programming, professional development budget, and managing the college’s administrative operations. Sandy now has the honor to serve as Director for the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology to contribute to making a difference through outstanding collaborations and partnerships that support culturally STEM programs for girls and women of color while leading the center's operations and fiscal oversight.
Sandy serves as the Past President of the Chicano/Latino Faculty & Staff Association (CLFSA) after serving as the organization's 50th President. Through CLFSA, Sandy also served two years as the Student Relations Liaison managing the Laura Rendon scholarship and scholar mentoring program. Sandy is a proud member of the ASU Commission on the Status of Women where she served as Chair of the CSW, Tempe Campus for two years to continue to be involved in one of her strongest passions, which is creating professional development opportunities for ASU staff, faculty, and students. During her undergraduate years, Sandy served on the executive board for the Association of Human Communication (AHC) where she organized outstanding networking and career exploration events working collaboratively with businesses and university departments to develop opportunities to help enhance ASU students’ experience. Currently, Sandy also serves on the Board of Directors for the Young and Empowered Women's Association providing leadership, mentoring, and guidance to support young emerging women leaders.
Sandy holds a bachelor of arts in Communication with an emphasis in organizational communication and a minor in business from ASU. Sandy is a strong believer that education is important and thus she furthered her education by obtaining a master’s degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education to allow her to continue to make a difference in higher education, our communities, and for students, especially for underrepresented groups and first-generation students like herself.
On a personal level, Sandy is a very approachable person who is eager to learn new things, empower others, and assist them to achieve their career and educational goals. When she isn't engaged in professional pursuits or university commitments, she enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, CrossFit, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and rooting for the LA Dodgers.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement:
Committed to increasing the value of staff by ensuring they are heard, respected, and empowered; creating equity and inclusion in the workplace; embracing diversity at all levels; standing up to racism, social injustices, and incivility; being a voice for underrepresented groups and people of color; creating access to higher education' utilizing the strengths and talents of staff to create positive change and commendable work environments while being transparent and fair because we can accomplish far more together than alone.