Maribel Sánchez was born and raised in rural Dodge City, Kansas by two Mexican labor-working immigrants. She has two older brothers, a younger sister, and three beautiful nieces and nephews. She is proud of her Kansas public school education as a first-generation graduate of Wichita State University with an Honors Baccalaureate degree, one of the nation’s only interdisciplinary degrees. Her studies focused on business management, communications, and leadership with a certificate in Spanish for the Professions.
Her work history includes more than five years empowering high school and college aged students from underprivileged backgrounds. She is passionate about helping build young people’s capacity to lead in all realms of life! In her most recent role, Maribel managed national high school leadership programs and positively impacted the lives of hundreds of Latinx youth from around the country, including Puerto Rico, with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) in Washington, D.C.
Maribel dedicates herself to this type of work due to her experiences with passionate mentors from across the state of Kansas who’ve inspired her to give back. She is currently chair of programs and events for the inaugural DC chapter of the National TRÍO Alumni Association. Outside of work, you’ll likely see her spending time exercising, writing, concert-going, Facetiming friends and family, and traveling across the world.
City: Washington, D.C.