USO, although she continues to regularly accept freelance work.Sandi’s work has been featured by the Washington Post, People Magazine, NBA TV's Beyond the Paint, lululemon Washington, DC, Special Olympics, the USO, The Nature Conservancy, Spright.com, Fiterazzi Magazine, Move Well DC, country music artist Casey James, Yoga Heights, Grip the Mat, Sataya Health, United Women in Business, LetsGo.com, The GW Hatchet, Planet Forward, KPRC Local 2, PISA, the Potomac River Running Store, the Latino Student Fund, Alpha Delta Pi – Pi Chapter, The George Washington School of Media and Public Affairs and many more.
Although Sandi has been working as a multimedia storyteller since 2011, she began her formal career at the Washington Post in 2013, where she ran weekend video coverage. There, she, along with Brad Horn, Sohail Al-Jamea and Tara Bahrampour, won a 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award in the Feature Reporting - Large Online News Organization category for their 2014 video about Romanian orphans. For the same story, Sandi, along with Brad and Sohail, won second place in the documentary category of the White House News Photographers Association 2015 Eyes of History: Multimedia Contest.
In mid-2014, Sandi decided to venture into the nonprofit world and joined the USO story development team where she continues to work today. In 2017, Sandi won platinum and gold AVA Digital Awards, as well as an honorable mention, for her storytelling work at the USO. In 2014, Sandi also won platinum and gold MARCOM awards for two of her first USO.org stories.
In addition to her full-time job, Sandi has held several long-term freelance positions in the past including writer/photographer -- and later assistant editor -- of Fiterazzi Magazine (since aquired by Spright) and Vice President of Digital Media for the D.C. Chapter of United Women in Business. Currently, she is the in-house videographer/photographer for Yoga Heights DC. Sandi also loves to give back to the communities that have attributed to her success and serves as a volunteer career mentor through The George Washington University's Student Athlete Mentor program.
Sandi has a deep passion for education and is a proud alumna of both Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies and The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.
In 2017, Sandi graduated from Georgetown University with her Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communication. As part of her graduate studies, Sandi created strategic communications materials for a number of businesses and non-profits including the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Special Olympics International and Love & Carrots. During her time at Georgetown, Sandi was also named a 2016 Hoya Professional 30, received the 2017 Spirit of PR Golden Bulldog Award and became a certified Cause Consultant after completing a rigorous course in non-profit strategic communication.
For her undergraduate degree, Sandi attended The George Washington University where she graduated summa cum laude with special faculty honors a semester early in 2013. During her time at GW, Sandi was very active on campus and was a member of the Division I varsity women's softball team, Alpha Delta Pi sorority and the The GW Hatchet multimedia team. She also held several internships, including positions at the Washington Post, Facebook, The Nature Conservancy of California, Planet Forward and KPRC Local 2. At GW, Sandi was named The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs’ 2013 Distinguished Scholar and a 2013 Luce Scholar finalist. She also received several other honors, including the 2013 Roberts Prize, the 2013 Out of Classroom SMPA Student Showcase, 2nd and 3rd place at GW Foto Week 2012 and the 2012 Sherman Allen Page Scholarship Award. From 2011-2012, Sandi was also recognized as an emerging student leader as a member of the Student Athlete Leadership Program.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but raised in Houston, Texas, Sandi, attended high school at St. Agnes Academy where she has since been nominated for the 2016 St. Agnes Young Professionals Organization Award.
When she's not busy, Sandi loves to spend her free time doing yoga, giggling with her friends, and concocting treats in the kitchen.