Lori Sanchez is a disaster recovery program director based in Sacramento, CA. She has over 30 years of experience in the public sector serving in municipal, special district, and federal government positions. Lori's experience includes nearly 20 years with FEMA, where she served as a direct employee and as a consultant, specializing in FEMA’s Public Assistance program and assisting in disaster recovery efforts across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. She has spent most of her FEMA career addressing catastrophic disasters including the Northridge earthquake and Hurricanes Katrina and Maria. Most recently, she served as the deputy director of operations for the Consolidated Resource Center (CRC) in Sacramento, overseeing the processing and review of millions of dollars of federal disaster recovery grants to facilitate the timely distribution of grants to disaster applicants.
Prior to FEMA, Lori served as the program manager for the Los Angeles Unified School District’s $20 million school construction program. She managed economic development opportunities and implemented training for over 500 small businesses and minority and women business enterprises (MBE/WBE), allowing them to successfully bid on District construction work that increased small business participation and exceeded the District’s 25% participation goal. Lori started her career with the City of Los Angeles, Office of the Mayor, where she served as a community outreach manager responsible for meeting with community residents and providing information on city services. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from California State University, and an MA in Public Administration from University of Southern California. Lori believes in giving back to the community and has volunteered for various organizations including Habitat for Humanity, the Downtown Women’s Shelter, and the Red Cross.