Linda Sanchez is the Director of Programs overseeing the Homies 4 Justice and Dream Beyond Bars programs.
She provides programmatic support with curriculum development and leadership development, grant management, and mentorship to systems impacted youth. Linda is committed to providing capacity building and professional development to the Program staff who are systems impacted themselves.
Linda brings to CURYJ a wealth of experience in youth organizing, program management, grant writing, social entrepreneurship, and curriculum development. Since her tenure at CURYJ, she has secured unrestricted funding to resume development of the Fruitvale community garden, strengthen coalition relationships with statewide partners, and has increased our capacity to provide essential services to our program participants.
Born in Oaxaca, Mexico and raised in Anaheim, CA Linda most recently served as the Program Director of 67 Sueños, a youth leadership development program for Undocumented/mixed status youth. At 67 Sueños Linda achieved a 100% retention rate, cultivated critical relationships with foundations, expanded community collaborations, and groomed former participants to lead the program after her departure.
In 2015, Linda started her own social enterprise, Fuerza Indigena, to socially and economically uplift the voices of indigenous communities in California. Since then, the project has developed into a language justice co-op comprising eight trained indigenous interpreters across the state of California.
Linda is a UC Berkeley graduate where she received a dual degree in Political Science and Chicano Studies. Her accomplishments while at UC Berkeley include advocating for and winning the first Undocumented Student Resource Program and co-founded the first and only UC Berkeley student housing for undocumented students. Her experiences of being undocumented and indigenous propels her to be deeply rooted in community advocacy and social justice.