Commissioner Sandra Añez-Powell
Supreme Court District - State at Large
Sandra Añez Powell is the Hispanic Coordinator for Foothills Community Action Partnership formally known as Kentucky River Foothills Development Council in Richmond, Ky. Her main responsibilities are housing assistance and self-development projects for the Hispanic population.
In addition, she works with migrant farm worker families. She is responsible for organizing events in collaboration with social services agencies and to promote the self-sufficient programs and services.
She founded and coordinates the group, Mujeres Unidas, a leadership program for women and their families. She was awarded the first Unity Award by the City of Richmond and is the chair of the Richmond Commission on Human Rights. She has worked with Jobs with Justice to build black and brown coalitions. She works as a conversational Hispanic instructor.
She worked as the program supervisor for the Bluegrass Farm Worker Health Center at Eastern Kentucky University and as a case manager for the Kentucky Farm worker Health program at the University of Kentucky.
She came to Kentucky from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she founded and directed The Coalition of Leaders and Resources for the Spanish Speaking Community of Broward County. She was elected to the Board of (WOSO) Women of Hispanic Origins. While in Florida, she helped to develop the Hispanic Chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ).
During the years that she lived and worked in Florida, she helped establish a Hispanic ministry at two local churches and founded the Coalition of Leaders and Resources for the Hispanic speaking community of Broward County, Fla.
She has been active with the international child and youth care movement for a number of years and worked in her native country of Venezuela as a direct care worker for at-risk children and youth. She has a specialized degree in Educacion Especializada en Readaptacion Social and special education in Social Rehabilitation, also known internationally as "Social Pedagogy." She has attended Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond Ky. She is married and has two sons.