Ruth G. SanchezExecutive Director
Ruth has an extensive 20+ year background in corporate and business development, fundraising events, major gifts, diversity, team training, Six Sigma green belt, and nonprofit business management. Ruth began a 16-year career with American Express in the 90s and held multiple leadership positions in Credit, Fraud and Risk Services, Small Business, Corporate, and Business Development departments. Ruth’s work in Fraud resulted in implementing a fraud loss avoidance system platform resulting in saving $20M in potential losses. She was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Quality, the highest honor bestowed by AMEX for excellence and quality. As a business partner in Corporate Services, she implemented many multinational global card programs, IBM, PWC, Honeywell, Chiquita, 3M and Latin America International Corporate accounts. During her tenure with AMEX, Ruth was selected to increase internal and external customer satisfaction ratings by implementing employee engagement and diversity programs and was awarded the Great Citizen’s Award for increased ratings. Prior to leaving American Express for work in the nonprofit sector, she held a Program Leader position where she rolled out 40 new promotional global product campaigns and redesigned 50 new product programs involving platinum, gold, airline partnership features with membership rewards, etc. increasing profit margins by $15M.
Ruth followed her heart for serving children with special needs by joining the ranks at Special Olympics. She held several Development Director Positions in Arizona, Northern California and Nevada successfully raising more than $7.5M between 2008-2016. During her tenure at Special Olympics, she was chosen as a planning and logistics leader in the 2012 & 2015 Special Olympics International Games in Greece and the U.S. She traversed Greece from Athens to Istanbul actively setting up 120 regional ceremonies as the Flame of Hope made its way to Summer Games Opening Ceremonies. Prior to joining the staff at Project C.U.R.E., Ruth was the Development Director at Hope 4 Kids International and implemented the development department, creating the infrastructure, implemented a new fundraising platform, and new revenue streams supporting Water, Child Sponsorship, Team Mission and International Project departments. She implemented a successful Ministry and Education Campus Capital Campaign raising nearly $500K and secured a donor with a gift match of $125K. Ruth implemented the H4KI Ambassador Council with members, donors, volunteers and supporters to increase awareness and funds for children and families in deep poverty across the globe.
She is a 20+ year volunteer radio broadcaster for Sunsounds of AZ, a radio reading station for the blind and disabled. Her radio program, Angels, includes stories that are both inspirational and motivational. Ruth has 2 sons, Paul Jacob and Joshua. She actively enjoys running, spin cycling, hiking, theater, theology studies, museums and writing short children stories.