Board of Education / BOE Member Sandra D. Shephard Biography
  • BOE Member Sandra D. Shephard Biography

    BOE Member Sandra D. Shephard Biography


    Sandra was born in El Salvador and has been in the United States since the age of 10 years old.  Like many of our immigrant families, Sandra has experienced family reunification and cultural assimilation as she learned to navigate a different educational system.  Sandra became independent as a teenager, working to provide for herself.  Because Sandra faced and overcame many challenges, her experiences fueled her passion that allows her to relate to the youth that she now serves.

    Sandra has dedicated 14 years in working at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) providing services to Washington, D.C., Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County youth and their families. Before her first position as an Outreach Worker, Sandra served a year as teacher’s assistant for the AmeriCorps program.  Because of her outstanding commitment to the organization’s mission with youth and families, she was promoted to the Prince George’s County Managing Director in 2017. As Managing Director, Mrs. Shephard oversees a budget of $2.5 million and programs that provide the workforce opportunities, emergency housing, AmeriCorps Program and educational programs that offer after-school and summer programming serving over 1,100 youth annually.  The one-time services include 3,500 community members through food banks and community service events.  Sandra has been trained in a Positive Youth Development curriculum (PYD) that drives the approach to the work with youth in a culturally competent way.

    Sandra is a proud mother of a recent Prince George’s County High School graduate from High Point High School.  Her second daughter will start kindergarten in the fall of 2019.   

    Sandra is a Prince George’s Community College Alum, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Minor in Sociology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland and is expected to graduate May 2020. Currently, Sandra is participating in the Leadership Prince George’s County Program.