Sandy Matthews possesses more than 20 years experience in marketing, communications and development, and has focused on advocating for family, children, youth and education.
Having worked at Illinois Action for Children, a statewide early care and education advocacy organization, since 2007, Matthews is responsible for organizational relationship development, strategic partnerships, generating revenue through foundations and corporate donors, and corporate advisory board development.
Matthews returned to Illinois Action for Children after a successful stint as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education. In that role, she was responsible for the effective and efficient operation of the office of the assistant secretary, including program planning, communications messaging, constituent outreach, and daily operations, among other essential duties.
Matthews has focused her career on advocating for family, children, youth and education. From 1998 to 2006, she was Senior Program Consultant for the Michael and Juanita Jordan Endowment Fund, overseeing day-to-day operations and raising capital to support the fund’s commitment to children, families and education. Prior to that, from 1994 to 1997 she was Director of Public Affairs for the office of the chancellor and the seven City Colleges of Chicago. In that capacity, she successfully positioned City Colleges of Chicago as a national model for
urban post-secondary education.
A graduate of North Central College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French, she earned a Masters of Jurisprudence in Child and Family Law from Loyola Law School in Chicago.
Matthews 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.